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jp6940 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I need installation instructions for a dummy like me.  Some of the computer terms are confusing me some.  Here's my current situation:

Bought the Crucial 480gb ssd, 8gb ram, and external enclosure.

I also have an external Seagate ssd.

Correct me if I am wrong please!!?

Plans are to backup current hdd in my MBP to the external Seagate drive using ???? (Don't know how to do this)

Take out hdd and put into external enclosure

Install ram and new ssd.

Re-install my 10.5.7 disc, then upgrade with my 10.6 disc, THEN upgrade to mountain lion.  (Want a complete fresh install)

I have documents all over the place that I do not use and just want to get rid of them and start over fresh, then migrate all of my pictures in iPhoto and music in iTunes, contacts, and my flip videos that I have.

 

I ran disk utility (before I backup my hdd) and received errors.  Want to know if they are serious errors or leave them alone.....

Here they are:

Permissions differ on system/library/java/support/deploy.bundle/contents/resources/javaplugincocoa.bu ndle.......etc

Warning: suid file "system/library/core has been modified and will not be repaired.   ?

 

 

What should I do? Thanks to anyone who can point me in the right direction!!


MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (91,125 points)

    There are some permissions that you can ignore, and as I can see, both permissions can be ignored > http://support.apple.com/kb/TS1448

     

    If permissions appear on this list, don't worry about that. If not, repair permissions and see if they show up later

  • jp6940 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks,

    I came across a few apps that I don't know if I should keep or not.  I believe I paid for a few?

    Applejack

    Macjanitor

    Ibackup

     

    Have you heard of any of these and would they be worth keeping?

  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (91,125 points)

    AppleJack can only be used in single-mode user and allows you to do some troubleshooting when you can't start GUI, so you can keep it if you want.

     

    MacJanitor only runs some maintenance scripts that OS X runs automatically during the night. If you are using Mountain Lion, you don't need it, but if you are using Snow Leopard, you may want to leave it even if you don't need it.

     

    iBackup is a backup app. You can use Time Machine for that, but if you like it, you can use it

  • jp6940 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Sounds good!

    So I should just use time machine for my backup from my hdd to my external? I remember reading that super duper copied the "whole drive" and time machine didn't. 

    I am about to backup the current hdd.  (the one that in am taking out and replacing with a ssd) so I should use time machine to do it?

    Also, when I do a fresh install onto my ssd, will I have problems migrating (or carrying over) my current pictures, videos, and iTunes info to the new ssd? I'm hoping that iTunes will "recognize" all of my purchases of music and movies and allow me to carry it over.  Will I need to authorize or deauthorize anything in the process?

    Sorry, many questions and want to do a good job of carrying my info over after starting clean!!

  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (91,125 points)

    jp6940 wrote:

     

    So I should just use time machine for my backup from my hdd to my external? I remember reading that super duper copied the "whole drive" and time machine didn't.

     

    Time Machine also copies the whole volume if you don't modify excluded files. However, SuperDuper and Carbon Copy Cloner make a bootable copy of your hard drive, so it's better to use SuperDuper or Carbon Copy Cloner if you want to replace your hard disk. Carbon Copy Cloner also clones your Recovery volume, so I recommend to use it.

     

    jp6940 wrote:

     

    I am about to backup the current hdd.  (the one that in am taking out and replacing with a ssd) so I should use time machine to do it?

     

    You should use SuperDuper or Carbon Copy Cloner. Doing this, you will just have to start from the external disk where you have made the backup and use the Disk Utility's Restore feature to restore all the files to your SSD > http://pondini.org/OSX/DU7.html

     

    You can also use Time Machine, but it has got more possibilities to fail during transfer.

     

    jp6940 wrote:

     

    Also, when I do a fresh install onto my ssd, will I have problems migrating (or carrying over) my current pictures, videos, and iTunes info to the new ssd? I'm hoping that iTunes will "recognize" all of my purchases of music and movies and allow me to carry it over.  Will I need to authorize or deauthorize anything in the process?

     

    You shouldn't have any problem as you will be using the same computer, but if you want to void problems, deauthorize the computer. Then, after restoring, authorize the MacBook Pro. You won't have any problem with your files unless you haven't made a backup of your data

  • jp6940 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Okay, wish me luck!!

    Thanks for your help!

  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (91,125 points)

    You are welcome

  • jp6940 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Okay, just installed the ssd without any problems.  I inserted my install DVD (10.6) that came with my MBP and got the pop up screen where it tells me to select a destination, but there is no destination there.

    ?

    Also, is there an option to just install mountain lion without installing 10.6 first, then snow leopard?

    Sorry as I am a total noob to this!

  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (91,125 points)

    You have to format your hard drive before installing Mac OS X. Close the OS X installer and go to Utilities menu (on the menu bar) > Disk Utility. Then, choose the SSD at the top of the sidebar, go to Erase tab and erase the drive. Make sure that "Mac OS Extended (Journaled)" is selected as Format.

     

    Finally, close Disk Utility and install OS X.

     

    Mid 2010 and newer MacBooks Pro are compatible with Internet Recovery, that allows you to install Mountain Lion without having to install Snow Leopard. You are using a Mid 2009 MacBook Pro, so you can't use this

  • jp6940 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Duh, I just figured that out.  I feel silly now.....

    I'm erasing it now.  Any reason to use any more than one partition? I will have pictures, videos and music on the ssd but there's no reason to divide them up right?

    This is a home computer-no work related stuff or graphics intensive programs on it.

    Okay, so I must install the 10.6, then the 10.6 snow leopard upgrade disk, THEN mountain lion, correct?

  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (91,125 points)

    People make two volumes, and use one to store data. However, if the SSD stops working, it doesn't mind where data is, so you can keep it in one volume. Make a backup of your files.

     

    After installing Snow Leopard, open  > Software Update, and install 10.6.8. Then, open the App Store, go to Purchases tab and download OS X Mountain Lion

  • jp6940 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Also, do I enable trim? And how many passes are needed on a new ssd?

    Don't erase data?

    Zero out data?

    7-pass erase?

    35-pass erase?

  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (91,125 points)

    Use the Zero out data. You don't need another erase type because there is no files inside the hard disk.

     

    Respecting to TRIM, it's recommended to turn it on. To do it, you have to use an application like TRIM Enabler

  • jp6940 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Also installed new ram.  Do I have to reset the pram? I remember having to do it with my OLD PowerBook G4.

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