Upgrading to new SSD drive!

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by EmptyG, Apr 13, 2012.

  1. EmptyG macrumors regular

    Feb 16, 2007
    Hi all,

    I have a MBP 2007 model. She's a good little beast but starting to slow quite a bit. I bought a 128GB SSD drive and will be replacing my 500GB standard drive over the new few days. I've done some research (mostly on this forum!) and feel pretty confident on the process now, but had some quick questions...

    So I am going from a 500GB drive down to a 128 one. I saw an excellent few posts online here and elsewhere (i.e. http://macintoshhowto.com/hardware/how-to-speed-up-your-mac-with-a-ssd-drive.html). It looks like I need to copy my user info over to my new SSD drive then move my 500GB drive to the optical slot. I've ordered the MCE OptiBay (http://www.mcetech.com/optibay/index.html) but it won't be here for a while. I'm wondering if I can hook up the new SSD to an external enclosure for now, copy over what I need (via Carbon Copy Cloner), then boot from the external SSD to verify.

    Does this sound plausible, or am I asking for a headache here?

    Thank you!
  2. Modernape macrumors regular

    Jun 21, 2010
    No, you need to copy everything EXCEPT your user info onto the new SSD, then move the original 500GB drive to the optibay.

    Yes, you can clone the system files (without user directory), to the SSD in an external enclosure and boot from that by holding the option key during startup (though of course it will be very slow due to the limitations of the USB or firewire connection to the enclosure).

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