5 Replies Latest reply: Jan 25, 2013 9:36 PM by mende1
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     I plan on upgrading my HDD to a SSD and haven't used Time Machine before.  How do I do this?  There are some files I dont want to transfer, but I want to purchase Mountain Lion at the same time.  If I upgrade can I just transfer what I want, and if so how?  (The files I dont want to transfer are mostly just apps my sister installed that I cant get off of the launcher).  Any help would be greatly appreciated.

 

Thanks,

John


MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.5)
  • 1. Re: Using Time Machine
    mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,570 points)

    See > http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1427

     

    In your case, you can install the SSD but keep connected your HDD, so you don't have to make any backup. Just restore the HDD content onto the SSD and your Mac will be as it was before installing your SSD.

     

    1. Install the SSD and keep your HDD connected (or install it on an external hard drive enclosure).

     

    2. Press Option key while your Mac is starting and start from the HDD.

     

    3. Open Disk Utility, select the HDD on the sidebar and go to Restore tab.

     

    4. Drag the SSD onto "Destination" box and press "Restore".

     

    5. When it finishes, restart pressing the Option key, disconnect the HDD and start from the SSD. Also, open System Preferences > Startup Disk, and select the SSD

  • 2. Re: Using Time Machine
    Eden Seeker Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    After I restore it to the SSD will everything be transferred from the HDD to it?  Afterwhich I can disconnect the HDD?

  • 3. Re: Using Time Machine
    mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,570 points)

    As you are using Disk Utility's Restore feature, everything will be transferred to the SSD, so OS X will be as it was before installing the SSD. After doing it, disconnect the HDD

  • 4. Re: Using Time Machine
    Eden Seeker Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Ok thanks, that sounds easy enough!

  • 5. Re: Using Time Machine
    mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,570 points)

    You are welcome