I want to replace my 500gb Hard drive in a late 2012 Mac Mini (running Mountain Lion OS X) with a 256gb SSD. The HDD only has about 50gb of data on currently. I understand how to manually swap them over but I'm uncertain what software etc needs to be on the SSD to make it work. I've read many threads but just got more and more confused. As I understand it, there are two methods of doing the job, one is to make a carbon copy using a program like Norton Ghost and then swap the HDD for the SSD. People also talk about a Clean install of Mountain Lion. I don't have an installation disc as my computer didn't ship with one so I'm not sure if I can do this. What I'd be very grateful if someone could tell me is, have I understood correctly that these are the two methods? Is the first one easier and if so, are there any reasons why you would want to do the second one? If you do need to do the second one, how do you go about it? Thank you for your time to anyone who's read and answered this.
Get yourself a USB->SATA adapter and use Carbon Copy Cloner
to clone the internal to the SSD. After completion, reboot to the
SSD while still external to insure all is well (it will be somewhat
slower since it is USB). When satisified that all is well, swap the