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stage4survivor Level 1 Level 1 (70 points)
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May 18, 2012 10:55 AM

Just bought a new 15" 2.5 A/G and want to install a Vertex 3 SSD to replace the HDD. Despite reading & watching the "how to's", I'm not exactly clear if I simply insert the included restore disc after I do the upgrade or do I need a data transfer kit?

 

I plan to migrate data from my old MBP w/SL(10.6.8), after the upgrade?

  • wjosten Level 10 Level 10 (91,280 points)
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    May 18, 2012 11:17 AM (in response to stage4survivor)

    You should put your new SSD in an external enclosure, connect to your new computer, then use Disk Utility to format your new drive & then clone your existing drive to your new drive. Then boot from your new drive, make sure all is working properly, then swap drives, then migrate your data.

  • John Galt Level 7 Level 7 (33,045 points)
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    May 18, 2012 11:31 AM (in response to stage4survivor)
  • John Galt Level 7 Level 7 (33,045 points)
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    May 18, 2012 12:03 PM (in response to stage4survivor)

    Sure, just post a reply to that thread asking for details. The original poster will get an email (unless he chose not to), saying that a response has been posted.

     

    You probably just got one for this response.

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,255 points)
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    May 18, 2012 1:00 PM (in response to stage4survivor)

    stage4survivor wrote:

     

    Does this "external enclosure=data transfer kit?

    I'm also considering the Intel 520 SSD but, don't see a data transfer kit option

    Buy an external drive enclosure, like these here, you will need a 2.5" sata case with a USB or FW interface (or both preferably) put your new drive in it. Connect to your Mac and using Disk Utility or Carbon Copy Cloner make a clone of your internal to your external drive. When completed reboot to the clone and test it. Assuming it is good remove the internal and fit the external to your Mac.

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,255 points)
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    May 19, 2012 1:47 PM (in response to stage4survivor)

    One opinion, take OWC's recommendations.

  • dwb Level 6 Level 6 (19,690 points)
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    May 19, 2012 2:32 PM (in response to stage4survivor)

    As wjosten notes, the easiest way to perform a drive upgrade is to clone the contents of the original drive to the new one prior to installing the new drive. I bought a drive dock several years ago which makes the job very easy since the drive just slides in and out. I'm leary of installing and removing drives from external kits because so many of them are cheap and easily damaged. Once cloned, reboot from the clone to make sure it works and then install it. The installation itself is really quite simple.

     

    I looked at several drives before deciding on a Samsung which is now just a couple months short of a year old. I've been very happy with it. My office made decided to go with the OWC drive and has been similarly happy.

  • dwb Level 6 Level 6 (19,690 points)
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    May 23, 2012 11:13 AM (in response to stage4survivor)

    Can someone explain why I can't simply install the SSD and load the restore disc?

    Sure you can but what if the drive is bad? Then you have to open the computer again and remove it. Using a ddrive dock or enclosure first means you find out if you've got a good drive before you install it. It is simply a more convenient way to work.

  • dwb Level 6 Level 6 (19,690 points)
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    May 23, 2012 11:41 AM (in response to stage4survivor)

    Let's say that 1 out ot a thousand is dead on arrival. How certain are you that you'll be in the 999 and not the 1?

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