What is needed to install a new HD?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by spook2517, Jan 12, 2012.

  1. spook2517 macrumors member

    Jun 18, 2008
    I have been through quite a few post on this board and still have a few questions about upgrading to a new hard drive. For the most part it is just about installing. Any info would be appreciated, as I have seen conflicting info all around the internet.

    First I am looking to do a clean install and will reload everything I need. My model Macbook Pro is from late 2008 (15"). I have the original restore CD and a thumb drive with Lion on it. Also I have an external enclosure that I can use to format my new drive.

    So I guess my real questions are...
    -Can I format my drive and throw it in my Macbook, then just run the CD or thumb drive?
    -Do I need to run a special software to clone the HD I already have?
    -Am I making this more complicated than it needs to be?

    Thanks Apple Community!
  2. spook2517 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 18, 2008
    Wow, probably the two guides I didn't read. Thanks!

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