What would be the best way to do this?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by Epic Xbox Revie, Jul 28, 2011.

  1. Epic Xbox Revie macrumors 6502a

    Epic Xbox Revie

    Jun 15, 2010
    Washington, D.C.
    Items I have:
    500GB HDD (with all of my data, on Lion, in my computer)
    256GB SSD (Crucial- BLANK, still in the box)
    SATA to USB 2.0 Adapter
    External enclosure for the HDD with USB to mini USB (empty right now)
    Carbon Copy Cloner
    Bootable DVD of OS X Lion
    DVD with Firmware 2 for my Crucial SSD

    What would be the BEST way to transfer my HDD to my SSD, while maintaining all of my files,settings, and the Lion Recovery Partition (I don't think CCC can copy this).

    Would it be safe to swap my HDD out for the SSD without having a backup, pop the HDD into the enclosure, clean install Lion from my DVD, download CCC again, connect my computer with the enclosure and transfer the HDD back over? Would my HDD keep all of my data intact while I am installing Lion? At what point in this process do I install Firmware 2 on my SSD, before installing Lion?

  2. robgendreau macrumors 68040

    Jul 13, 2008
    I'm not sure what you're trying to accomplish in the long run, but it sounds like you want to use the SSD as your boot drive. And I assume you have room on the smaller disk.

    You need a backup, unless all the stuff you have is pretty worthless.

    I'd install a system on the SSD via your computer's disks, and then migrate from the HDD. You'd have two drives, one as a backup. Once you've set up the SSD as your boot drive, you can begin using the HDD as a backup, with time machine or whatever backup strategy suits you.

    BTW, there is no "clean" install option for Lion anymore. IMHO it's unnecessary anyway if you keep your machine well-maintained. I've seen as many if not more problems with people who attempted "clean" installs of Lion only to mess up by improperly copying files manually.

    You probably should install that firmware update before you commit to doing all this to insure that SSD works properly.

    And what machine are you using?


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