Transferring from one 2011 MBP to a different 2011 MBP; plus advise on 128SSD/256SSD

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by ZMacintosh, Jul 13, 2011.

  1. ZMacintosh, Jul 13, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2011

    ZMacintosh macrumors 65816


    Nov 13, 2008
    I recently swapped my 2011 MacBook Pro 2.2Ghz 128GB SSD for a 2011 15" 2.2Ghz 128GB SSD Anti-glare and was curious if I could just swap the drive out and pick up where I left off or would it be best to do a migration via Migration Assistant? Or best alternatives?



    Do you think the 256GB for $360 would be a better investment than the 128GB SSD? I'm looking at the MBP as my secondary production machine in conjuction with my imac. the $360 EDU pricing seems more level than the 400-499+ for other manufacture SSD.

    hm. thanks again
  2. seong macrumors 65816


    Feb 11, 2010
    If you swap the HDDs between computers that's compatible (meaning nothing like 5 years old HDD,) it should work, and you should be where you left off.
  3. kfergiez macrumors 6502


    Jul 5, 2010
    The absolute best way to do this is with Time Machine
  4. Centsy macrumors regular

    Feb 9, 2011
    Well if they are the exact same specs other than the anti-glare screen, there should be no problem with just swapping the HDDs. In fact, I think it would be better to do that than go through a migration.
  5. jbrenn macrumors 6502a

    Aug 27, 2008
    you can just swap the drives.
  6. Young Spade macrumors 68020

    Mar 31, 2011
    Tallahassee, Florida
    Hey, not to hijack or anything, but what are the requirements for being able to just hot-swap the drive like that?
  7. getz76 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 15, 2009
    Hell, AL
    Actually, Carbon Copy Cloner would be much quicker than Time Machine.

    Put the new machine in Target Disk Mode and run Carbon Copy Cloner on the old machine and clone the drive over.
  8. jbrenn macrumors 6502a

    Aug 27, 2008
    The Drive needs to have drivers for the newest computer. For example i can take the drive from an 07 mbp and update it to 10.6.8 and put it in a new one.
  9. ZMacintosh thread starter macrumors 65816


    Nov 13, 2008
    Cool, I will definitely try out the restore from Time Machine back-up.
    I have it on my time capsule so that should be easy.
    I just wasnt sure if apple's ssd had firmware to prevent them from being swapped between systems, etc.

    one will be used for Lion and the other for legacy Apps, wish there was a Thunderbolt external enclosure i could use for the previous SSD.

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