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4816 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: Oct 24, 2010 1:13 AM by ginobasura
Currently Being ModeratedOct 23, 2010 6:49 AM (in response to ginobasura)I would recommend that you do a carbon copy clone from your old drive to the SSD by an external hard drive mounter.
It is very simple to physically change. The only things you'll need from the old drive are the 4 pins that help mount the drive. Once the pins are taken off by unscrewing (I just used a pair of needle nose pliers) and place on the SSD you'll just mount the new drive in place of the old HD.
Once everything is back in order (replace back covers) reboot and goto System Preferences and choose Startup DIsk icon, if you don't do this your SSD will boot very slowly just like the first time you powered up the SSD. Once SSD is chosen as the startup disk it will boot fast. Enjoy
This is what I use for firewire external drive mounting
http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/NewerTech/Voyager/HardDriveDockMacbook Pro (Late 2008), Mac OS X (10.6.4), 4GB Core2Duo 2.4
Currently Being ModeratedOct 23, 2010 12:14 PM (in response to LCee)Thanks a lot LCee for the tips.
I have actually already replaced my HDD so I am not really concerned on the actual physical change.
Do you know if I have to quick format it or should I zero out data before installing the system or recovring a carbon copy?
Currently Being ModeratedOct 23, 2010 3:31 PM (in response to ginobasura)Do NOT zero out the drive and fill it with data for no reason. This is not healthy for your SSD. Either clone you data across, or better still, just go for a fresh installation.
Here is my video of my SSD install, hopefully you'll find it useful!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPSGyDpMKpY&sns=emMacBook Pro 13" 2.66GHz, 4GB RAM, 240GB Vertex 2 SSD -, Mac OS X (10.6.4), / Magic Mouse / Airport Extreme + 2TB Minimax / iPad 32GB / iPhone 4 32GB