Upgrading my HDD to SDD

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by TheMTtakeover, Oct 7, 2011.

  1. TheMTtakeover macrumors 6502


    Aug 3, 2011
    I was looking at buying an SDD for my mac mini 2011 model and was curious as to how I get lion on the SSD after it is installed?
  2. fa8362 macrumors 65816

    Jul 7, 2008
    If no one responds, I suggest looking at any one of the many other threads (some on this page) where this question was answered.
  3. skoosht macrumors member

    Jul 22, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA, USA
    I'll answer you. Get Carbon Copy Cloner (Free).
    Plug your new SSD into a USB or firewire enclosure.
    Make a clone from the internal HD to the SSD.
    Take old HD out.
    Put new cloned SSD in.

  4. rokey macrumors member

    Apr 13, 2011
    on your mid 2011 mac mini there is a lion recovery partition. apple provides directions on how to copy this to a usb flash drive. so do that. install your SSD and then use the flash drive to install lion.

    alternately, purchase the dual hard drive kit from ifixit, and just install the SSD as an extra drive. then you could boot to the recovery partition and install lion directly (this is my favorite answer).

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