Swap SSD question!

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by kokhoong0624, Jan 6, 2016.

  1. kokhoong0624 macrumors regular

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    If I want to start fresh with a new SSD and install a clean version of El Capitan on my old macbook pro 2011, can I swap the SSD immediately without cloning my files and install the OS using a bootable stick?
     
  2. simonsi macrumors 601

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    Yes if the bootable stick has the OS installer on it such as made with DiskmakerX.
     
  3. kokhoong0624 thread starter macrumors regular

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    So I can replace the disk instantly with a SSD and install the OS with the USB stick? :D
     
  4. simonsi macrumors 601

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    Yes, install the SSD, boot from the USB, format the SSD as required and install the OS.
     
  5. maflynn Moderator

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    You don't need DiskmakerX to create a bootable thumb drive. I made one simply from using some terminal commands.
     
  6. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    But diskmaker X is really easy....
     
  7. maflynn Moderator

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    Its not terribly hard, I ran one or two commands, that I easily found here in the El cap forum. :)
     
  8. simonsi macrumors 601

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    I didnt say it was necessary, hence "such as". DiskmakerX is easy, free and seems suitable to the OP's needs and easier for them to find than a search for "some terminal commands" ;-)
     
  9. kokhoong0624 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks buddy for your help!! :D
     
  10. AttilaTheHun macrumors 6502a

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    Don't do that your MBP not support the EL Capitan your video card is too weak for that, my opinion
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    But if you sure you want to do it make a bootable USB stick, go to Apple site support you have the instruction how to do it with terminal (you can find it in the Application utility file) and if you have difficulty to follow the instruction call Apple support they are very good to asset you.
     

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