Steps to installing SSD?

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  1. Fugue macrumors 6502

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    I couldn't find a comprehensive guide that deals with both the hardware and software part of installing an SSD in a 2011 13" MBP.

    From what I understand, here is what needs to be done?

    1) Open MBP and remove the old HDD.
    2) Install the SSD
    3) ?? Do I boot up with the Snow Leopard disk now or do I format my SSD to OS X Extended (Journaled)? How is this done? Also, should I "Erase" the brand new, and clean SSD?
    4) Reboot and enjoy?

    Some clarification would be lovely.
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Formatting the disk is part of the installation process if it is not properly formatted already.
     
  3. dusk007 macrumors 68040

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    If you have any way of putting both HDD+SSD into the system at once (maybe one external). The easiest way is to simply copy the whole current setup. Unless it is a new machine anyway it saves lots of time.
     
  4. Fugue thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I would like to do a fresh install.
     
  5. Fugue thread starter macrumors 6502

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  6. njaremka macrumors 6502

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    fixed. follow instructions for a fresh install.
     
  7. Fugue thread starter macrumors 6502

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    So the Snow Leopard installation disk makes me format my SSD? Is it a step or should I do it manually?

    Is the "Erase" step needed for a clean SSD?
     
  8. Fugue thread starter macrumors 6502

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  9. njaremka macrumors 6502

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    if the drive is fresh out of the box, the installation disc will format the drive as needed.

    why not just install the drive, boot the MBP, and see what happens?
     
  10. Fugue thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Because it's better to learn from people's mistakes and be ready for the real deal?
     

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