Currently Being ModeratedNov 29, 2012 2:35 PM (in response to Big Iron)
When you get the machine, hold command option r keys down while connected via Ethernet cable to your router or modem (power off/on).
If you see a globey thing and get a list of options like Install OS X, Disk Uitlity etc., then your good to go replacing the drive.
If you don't get a globey thing then you don't have Internet Recovery, however you do have Recovery HD which is a parititon on the boot drive that does the same thing, but you hold commnad r and boot into it. Obviously you can't install OS X this way on the new drive.
Use Carbon Copy Cloner and a blank powered external drive formatted GUID and OS X extended journaled and "middle" secured erased in Disk Utility first.
Then CCC your internal drive to the external, it will copy the Recovery HD partition. Hold the option key down at boot time to boot from the clone drive.
Make the hardware swtich, boot from the clone, middle secure erase the internal and reverse clone.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 29, 2012 2:38 PM (in response to Big Iron)
Big Iron wrote:
I just pulled the trigger on a new 2011 MacBook Pro 17 -
I already have iLife, but do I need anything else - like an installer for hardware debug (boot with D key down) or something that Mountain Lion may not give me? (2011s came with Lion).
If the machine was upgraded by someone else there could be a problem with AppeID and password reinstalling 10.8 and iLife as it's registered to the previous owner.
Cloning will solve that, but the problem is updating it, can't do that without the AppleID and password of the original owner.