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Problems with Cloning Old SSD to new SSD on i7 MBP

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idyfohu Calculating status...
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May 3, 2012 11:10 AM

Alright, I'll try to be as brief as possible.


I recently transferred or am in the process of transferring my old info from a Mac Pro Tower to a new 2.8 i7 MBP. Previously, I had a 40GB SSD drive with my OS and Apps and it ran perfectly fine, however I needed more space. I ended up buying a Crucial M4 128GB SSD and upgraded the RAM to 16GB and have since had problems with the Crucial. I just now updated the firmware but that didn't seem to fix a thing.


So what I've done is initialized the M4 SSD w/ Disk Utility via Mac OS Extended (Journaled) and I've done a clone using Time Machine (it worked but it was really slow and would occasionally lag for 30 seconds out of nowhere with a beach ball) and I've also done a clone using Carbon Copy and that was ridiculously slow (I would get a beach ball every 5-10 seconds and just opening a new window in the finder would cause a beach ball).


I don't know what could be the problem. I've since made a bootable SD card with both Leopard and Lion, thinking I'd just install a brand new OS onto the new SSD, but those aren't working for some reason.


So yes, I'm currently using the previous and well-working 40GB SSD, but I'm lost and would appreciate anyone's help!

 

Thanks in advance!

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • RoganSquirrel Calculating status...
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    May 3, 2012 11:36 AM (in response to idyfohu)

    Make sure you upgrade the Crucial M4 SSD firmware to the latest version (0009 at the time of writting).

     

    Here's a helpul guide on how to do that:

     

    http://forum.crucial.com/t5/Solid-State-Drives-SSD/How-to-update-M4-SSD-firmware -for-Mac-Os-X-users/td-p/59000

     

    Once you've updated the firmware, power off the MBP, power back on and eject the CD.

     

    When that's out of the way you can boot from Apples servers by pressing Option + R for around 30 seconds and you will see the Internet Recovery screen load and begin downloading the recovery partition to boot from. Once downloaded and running, partition the new SSD with Mac filesystem journaled, and do your install.

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,385 points)
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    May 3, 2012 2:41 PM (in response to idyfohu)

    I have no idea what option-r does, but if you are looking for the recovery partition it is cmd-r

  • Shootist007 Level 6 Level 6 (16,640 points)

    On NEW Macbook Pro's to boot from the Online Recovery HD system you hold down Command+Option+r.

  • Shootist007 Level 6 Level 6 (16,640 points)
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    May 3, 2012 4:19 PM (in response to idyfohu)

    You lost me. You had a 40GB SSD in a Mac Pro (Desktop computer) and you wanted to move all those files, and OS, to a new 128GB SSD in the MacBook Pro?

     

    How did you make a Lion Install USB thumb drive if you didn't download Lion?

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,385 points)

    Shootist007 wrote:

     

    On NEW Macbook Pro's to boot from the Online Recovery HD system you hold down Command+Option+r.

    I believe that it is cmd-r, no option key.

  • Shootist007 Level 6 Level 6 (16,640 points)
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    May 4, 2012 1:54 AM (in response to Csound1)

    Csound1 wrote:

     

    Shootist007 wrote:

     

    On NEW Macbook Pro's to boot from the Online Recovery HD system you hold down Command+Option+r.

    I believe that it is cmd-r, no option key.

    On new MBPs, late 2011 models (At least on mine) to access the Online recovery system you have to hold down Command+Option+r. Of course this was with Lion installed and a real Lion Recovery HD partition on the hard drive.

     

    To the OP.

    If you still have the Lion Install files, specifically the Lion InstallESD.DMG file, try making the USB thumb with LionDiskMaker, http://blog.gete.net/lion-diskmaker-us/

    I have used it to make 2 Lion install USB drives and both work. When I did it with Disk Utility I had problems getting them to work.

     

    If you have Snow Leopard 10.6.8 installed on your Mac Pro drive then it should boot in the Macbook Pro. Try sticking that drive back in your Mac Pro and use the 10.6.8 Combo updater to Re-Apply that update. The Combo update includes all drivers for all models of Macs.

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,385 points)

    Shootist007 wrote:

     

    Csound1 wrote:

     

    Shootist007 wrote:

     

    On NEW Macbook Pro's to boot from the Online Recovery HD system you hold down Command+Option+r.

    I believe that it is cmd-r, no option key.

    On new MBPs, late 2011 models (At least on mine) to access the Online recovery system you have to hold down Command+Option+r. Of course this was with Lion installed and a real Lion Recovery HD partition on the hard drive.

    I can't find documentation anywhere for that, and my 2011 iMac goes to recovery using cmd-r and ignores cmd-opt-r, may I ask you to post the documentation?

  • Shootist007 Level 6 Level 6 (16,640 points)
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    May 4, 2012 6:23 AM (in response to Csound1)

    Csound1 wrote:

     

    Shootist007 wrote:

     

    Csound1 wrote:

     

    Shootist007 wrote:

     

    On NEW Macbook Pro's to boot from the Online Recovery HD system you hold down Command+Option+r.

    I believe that it is cmd-r, no option key.

    On new MBPs, late 2011 models (At least on mine) to access the Online recovery system you have to hold down Command+Option+r. Of course this was with Lion installed and a real Lion Recovery HD partition on the hard drive.

    I can't find documentation anywhere for that, and my 2011 iMac goes to recovery using cmd-r and ignores cmd-opt-r, may I ask you to post the documentation?

    Right there is none. As stated on my Late 2011 MBP 15" with hard drive installed with Lion and recovery HD partition in place to boot from the Online recovery system I must hold down Command+Option+r.

    Now if I had no recovery HD partition maybe Command+r would work. I don't remember if I tried that, although I think I have and as far as I can recall it is the same.

     

    This has been covered before with others doing tests and IIRC all others with NEW MBPs need to hold down those 3 key to access the online system. Note that this is on NEW, late 2011, MBPs. Not sure about early 2011 models or late 2010 models with the updated firmware.

     

    In any event holding down those 3 keys if the other command, Command+r, doesn't work won't cause any harm to the computer. It's not like the computer will self destruct if you hold down those keys.

     

    On the same Mac to boot the Online Apple Hardware Test, which is normally holding down the d key, I have to hold Option+d. There's no documentation on that either.

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,385 points)

    I guess my iMac (mid 2011) predates it, thanks for the info though.

  • Shootist007 Level 6 Level 6 (16,640 points)
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    May 4, 2012 4:08 PM (in response to Csound1)

    You're Welcome.

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