Steps on installing a SSD in 09 unibody?

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  1. nin7474 macrumors 6502

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    Hoping to finally swap in a SSD on my Late 2009 Unibody MacBook.
    I've been reading up on posts here and just want to confirm the steps.
    Please correct me on any mistakes or suggestions.

    -make a back up on Time Machine(I have a external Seagate HD)

    -swap in the SSD

    -fresh install Snow Leopard(Yosemite later)

    -transfer my data, music, pics etc from Time Machine on to it once Snow Leopard is installed

    Am I correct or am I missing something?

    Also, where can I get a copy of Snow Leopard?
    Thanks for everyone's help.
     
  2. Bruno09, Feb 28, 2015
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    What is your current OS ?

    You will need to format the SSD before installing (from the DVD's Disk Utility).

    Snow Leopard is on your grey install DVD that came with the Mac, or you can buy a retail DVD from the Apple Store (works for the Late 2009 model, not for the Mid-2010).

    http://store.apple.com/us/product/MC573Z/A/mac-os-x-106-snow-leopard

    If your current OS is Snow Leopard, yes you are correct by doing a Time Machine backup.
    You can then either use Setup Assistant to import your account, or choose to not use Setup Assistant, and restore specific folders/files from Time Machine interface instead.
     
  3. nin7474, Feb 28, 2015
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    Thanks Bruno09.
    I think Yosemite. I'll have to check once I get off work.
    Will that be a issue?
     
  4. theLimit macrumors 6502a

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    I just did this last weekend. Same machine. Running Yosemite.

    Used the free trial of Carbon Copy Cloner to make a bootable backup on an external HDD.

    Restarted and booted from backup to test.

    Shut down, installed SSD.

    Booted from backup again, formatted SSD using Disk Utility, cloned backup to SSD using CCC.

    Restarted and booted from SSD, enjoyed new speeds.

    It really made this five year old machine feel like new. I geeked around with it after a couple days and now have the original HDD and new SSD set up as a Fusion Drive. I'm super impressed with the upgrade, I'd do it again in a heartbeat. Best $60 I ever spent on a computer upgrade.
     
  5. nin7474, Feb 28, 2015
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  6. Bruno09, Mar 1, 2015
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    Are you on Yosemite ?

    If so, you don't even need to do a clone, if you have a Time Machine backup.

    - install the SSD
    - connect the Time Machine disk by USB to the Mac.
    - boot up with Alt depressed
    - on the startup screen, select the Time Machine disk
    - from the OS X Utilities window, launch Disk Utility
    - erase the SSD in Mac OS Extended journaled format
    - quit Disk Utility
    - from the OS X Utilities window, select "Restore from Time Machine backup"

    Note : for safety reasons, I always have both a Time Machine backup AND a clone.
    Therefore, for such operation (replacing a hard drive) I always choose to use the clone as theLimit suggested.
     
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    Ok. So either Time Machine or the clone will do the trick.
     
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    This is the SSD I got. 120GB Silicon Power S70. It was right around $50 a couple weeks ago. I also got a caddy to install it in place of the SuperDrive for about $9.

    I'm honestly impressed with how well Fusion drive works. I've got about 300GB used out of 430GB and it's still super responsive. The apps I use like iTunes, iPhoto, and Aperture each with their 100GB libraries open in under 5 seconds where they used to take upwards of 20 seconds from the HDD.

    I didn't want to throw much money at a 5 year old computer, and I'm overjoyed with the newfound performance I got for cheap. With a new battery and a max RAM upgrade in the future, this machine may just last me another 5 years.
     
  11. nin7474 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Found this vid on youtube using Time Machine to clone to my SSD, skip to 7:22.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1w05wEwmrYU&list=PLhRgRAGO-VWHNrBOOQjaicQMgz2VxBcFs

    I plan to do try it that way except my Time Machine is on a External 1TB Seagate.
    Is this the way you described Bruno09?

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    That's awesome.

    I'm happy with the $165 spent on 8gb RAM/256gb SSD on mine too till i'm ready for a rMBP.
    Read good reviews on the Crucial MX100 SSD, that's why i decided to get it. Also from Amazon helps lol.

    But my buddy said i'll probably be content after the upgrades and forget about a rMBP:D
     
  12. TheMacNinja macrumors newbie

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    An SSD and 8GB of RAM is a very good combo. Enjoy!
     
  13. tom vilsack macrumors 68000

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    Download "superduper" (free) then just clone your current hd to the new ssd (using a external usb sata enclosure). Replace hd with ssd and reboot.
     
  14. nin7474 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Finally had a chance to install my SSD and restored via Time Machine. Working great!:D
    Thanks again for everyones help.:)
     

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