14 Replies Latest reply: May 4, 2012 4:08 PM by Shootist007
idyfohu Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

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)
  • 1. Re: Problems with Cloning Old SSD to new SSD on i7 MBP
    RoganSquirrel Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    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.

  • 2. Re: Problems with Cloning Old SSD to new SSD on i7 MBP
    idyfohu Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Rogan,

     

    I actually updated the firmware prior to posting this with the link you supplied (thanks for that) and that went well via a bootable CD.

     

    However, afterward, I tried the Option + R trick and it didn't work multiple times.  I tried that with the new Crucial M4 HD connected and then the 40GB SSD that I'm on right now and neither worked.  :/

     

    So frustrated...not sure what to do at this point.

  • 3. Re: Problems with Cloning Old SSD to new SSD on i7 MBP
    Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (35,455 points)

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

  • 4. Re: Problems with Cloning Old SSD to new SSD on i7 MBP
    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.

  • 5. Re: Problems with Cloning Old SSD to new SSD on i7 MBP
    idyfohu Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Csound1 was right...Command + R worked perfectly, unfortunately it didn't solve my problem.

     

    I attempted to install Lion, but just the download alone was showing 20+ hours (uhhh, what?) so I cancelled that and then attempted to try to do a restore/clone from my 40GB SSD (that works perfectly and is on 10.6.8).  I put the Crucial SSD in my MBP, tried to boot and it got to the apple and then the spinning icon just kept spinning and got nowhere.

     

    So now the 40GB SSD is back in my MBP and I don't know what to do.  I'm thinking I should just clear out this drive and make it work I guess?  Any other suggestions? 

  • 6. Re: Problems with Cloning Old SSD to new SSD on i7 MBP
    idyfohu Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    One more question, is there any issue with cloning my Mac Pro (Quad 2.66 Intel) OS to this new MBP?  Shouldn't make a difference right?

     

    I'd go with a clean install, but the bootable flash drives I've made of both Lion AND Leopard aren't working for whatever reason (I've tried both a SD card and Flash card with no success).

  • 7. Re: Problems with Cloning Old SSD to new SSD on i7 MBP
    Shootist007 Level 6 Level 6 (16,640 points)

    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?

  • 8. Re: Problems with Cloning Old SSD to new SSD on i7 MBP
    Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (35,455 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.

  • 9. Re: Problems with Cloning Old SSD to new SSD on i7 MBP
    idyfohu Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Shootist,

     

    Yes, you're exactly right.  Basically I want to clone the entire 40GB SSD (has my apps, OS, and crucial info on it) that was installed in my Mac Pro (tower) and use the same clone on my new 128GB.

     

    I made a bootable version of Lion per the many guides online, but apparently it's not working.  :/

     

    Hopefully that makes some sense.

  • 10. Re: Problems with Cloning Old SSD to new SSD on i7 MBP
    Shootist007 Level 6 Level 6 (16,640 points)

    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.

  • 11. Re: Problems with Cloning Old SSD to new SSD on i7 MBP
    Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (35,455 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?

  • 12. Re: Problems with Cloning Old SSD to new SSD on i7 MBP
    Shootist007 Level 6 Level 6 (16,640 points)

    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.

  • 13. Re: Problems with Cloning Old SSD to new SSD on i7 MBP
    Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (35,455 points)

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

  • 14. Re: Problems with Cloning Old SSD to new SSD on i7 MBP
    Shootist007 Level 6 Level 6 (16,640 points)

    You're Welcome.