Upgrading MacBook Pro 7,1 with Samsung SSD

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by AksMar, Mar 29, 2017.

  1. AksMar macrumors newbie

    Mar 29, 2017
    Hi all,
    I am a total newbie where maintenance of a laptop is concerned but my dear MacBook Pro is very close to crashing and I need to squeeze another year or two out of it.
    There hasn't been any updates in the last 2 years on this topic, at least not that I could find.

    I read on the CNET that I can upgrade my memory to SSD SAMSUNG 850 EVO 2.5" 500GB SATA III 3-D Vertical Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-75E500B/AM. Just ordered it from Newegg.ca for a fab price of $239.99. Videos on how to change the drive make it seem very simple however I am concerned about the software. Nowhere does it mention what happens to my software upon new SSD install. I have no idea where the original CD is since I bought this machine in 2010 so would I have to reinstall it?
    If you have any other tips/tricks before I start this process, please share... here is the link i planned on using to complete the drive upgrade

    Launch Disk Utility
    Launch SuperDuper
    Install the SSD
  2. ZapNZs macrumors 68020


    Jan 23, 2017
    There are several ways you can set up the new drive
    1. Fresh install - you create a USB installer, boot into the USB drive, and the drive installs the operating system on the SSD, then you manually reinstall each App you use and manually move over your files/other data
    2. Fresh install with Migration Assistant - you do the above to install the OS, then use a Time Machine backup of your existing HDD to install (some) Apps, most files/documents, and most settings on your current system
    3. Clone the current HDD to the SSD using SuperDuper, CarbonCopyCloner, or something else - I personally prefer one of the above methods unless the existing OS is relatively new, as I find starting fresh avoids certain issues and often means optimal performance
  3. Resist, Apr 6, 2017
    Last edited: May 29, 2017

    Resist macrumors 68030

    Jan 15, 2008
  4. Sanpete macrumors 68020

    Nov 17, 2016
  5. Apples555 macrumors regular

    Mar 4, 2012
    Clean install is the best option. Make an external bootable MacOS Sierra installer and install once you've put in the SSD.

    I have a Samsung 850 Pro in my mid-2010 MacBook Pro 13" 2.4 running Sierra and Windows 10. Works great and very fast.
  6. Resist macrumors 68030

    Jan 15, 2008
  7. JackieInCo Suspended

    Jul 18, 2013
    I just got the same SSD delivered from BestBuy. Internet recovery is going excruciatingly slow at the moment. I have two hrs before I have to leave for work and the downloading progress bar is moving so slow, I may not have time to finish the install.

    I got my drive for $134 after $50 in reward certificates from buying two Apple watches. I upgraded the ram 1.5 years ago from Amazon, 16GB for about $71.

    I can't wait to see what my 2012 can do after this install finishes.
  8. Resist macrumors 68030

    Jan 15, 2008
    Now it's $175 at Amazon
  9. Audit13 macrumors 601


    Apr 19, 2017
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    I installed an older ocz vertex 3 ssd in a late 2011 Macbook 13" and it boots Sierra in about 9 seconds from the time I press the power button to the log in screen.

    It's incredible how an ssd can breathe new life into an older laptop.

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