My old Macbook Pro is still awesome but it is running Tiger (10.4.11) and its Fujitsu120 GB (5400 rpm) is reaching the end of its life, after 6 years of issueless use. GOALS: Upgrade RAM to 4 G with Samsung 2GB DDR2 SODIMM 200pin 667MHz Upgrade the HD with a 160 GB Intel x25-m SATAII G2 SSD Update new Intel x25’s firmware to current version (SSD is from 2010) Upgrade the OS from Tiger to Leopard to Snow Leopard Upgrade Firefox Browser from 3.6.28 to a current version Upgrade MS Office 2004 to Office 2011 Remove Windows Parallel Desktop software Remove other programs I no longer want (test drive versions that came preloaded) Keep all my bookmarks, key chains, iTunes play lists and some programs (ex: Adobe CS2) ISSUES: I’ve never tackled such a comprehensive upgrade before. I’m overwhelmed. My instincts are to start completely fresh with clean installs directly onto the new SSD (OS and software I have disks for). Then can I transfer only the programs and other stuff piecemeal from a backup? (I’m putting the old hard drive into an enclosure.) I’ve been hesitant to upgrade the OS and all the software first and then make a disk image to restore to the new SSD because I’m worried that after all these years there are issues such as viruses, malware, fragmentation, left over code from program removals, etc. that might transfer too. I don’t have any programs like Norton to optimize the drive beforehand and there are a lot of things I don’t want on the new HD. Is piecemeal transfer a good idea? I’m starting to think it is better to do all the software additions/deletions on the current HD so that I have as close to a pristine clone for the new SSD beforehand and so the OS is the same on both hard disks. Should I partition the new SSD? Should I install the new SSD into the enclosure first and try to update firmware and install OS before I physically install SSD into the computer? Also the OS disks I have don’t seem capable of starting up the machine so I need to make a Snow Leopard start up disk that I can use to run disk utilities from once I’ve installed the new OS. PLEASE GIVE ME GUIDANCE on what the correct order of operations for the goals listed above. Any guidance is appreciated. Thank You!