I found the following sequence in a review on Amazon to replace existing 750GB hardrive with a Crucial, 520GB SSD (Solid State Drive). Will these steps listed in the review actually CLONE my existing hard drive? Will I be able to use all my applications in Mac OSX and Windows [via Parallels] the moment I finish the data transfer and the actual hardware swap WITHOUT a hickup? Not having to reload apps and what not?
I originally intended to just swap drives and boot up w/ the OSX DVD and restore from TimeMachine. I re-thought that and here is what worked well for me:
I have Lion installed. Not sure if the Recovery option was introduced before Lion or not [...]
1. make a backup of your existing drive (TimeMachine or whatever)
2. shutdown your laptop
3. get an external 2.5" usb 2.0 drive enclosure - since I didn't plan for it I got one at a local electronics store for $10. You might find one cheaper here.
4. put the SSD into the enclosure and attach via USB
5. Power on your laptop and hold down Command-R during start up -- you will get booted into Recovery mode
6. Select the Disk Utility option
7. In Disk Utility you should see both your original drive and the new SSD
8. Select the original drive and click the Restore tab
9. Drag the original drive to the Source and the SSD to the Destination -- there are instructions on the window -- this is going to make a duplicate copy of the drive. Click the Restore button and sit back and wait.
10. when the copy/restore is complete power down.
11. replace the old drive w/ the new one [...] she uses the proper torx driver to remove the mounting studs from the old drive. i just used a small pair of pliers and a 0.5 allen wrench since I didn't have the correct size torx bit)
I went ahead and put my old drive in the external drive enclosure so now I have an extra backup drive.