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Upgrading MacBook Pro to SSD

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#1 bowlen



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Posted 23 October 2014 - 05:45 PM

How does one go about setting up OSX on a new SSD.  I'd like to replace my Fiancée's HDD in her MacBook Pro with an SSD, but I've never installed OSX from scratch before.  Is there a way you can just load from a Time Machine backup and then you're good to go? 

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#2 SquallStrife


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Posted 23 October 2014 - 06:48 PM

If it's a 2011 or newer Mac, you can just install the new disk and do a Command+R boot to install OSX directly over the Internet.

Alternatively, put the old HDD in an external USB caddy, boot from it, and clone the old drive on to the new one in Disk Utility.
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#3 SquallStrife


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Posted 27 October 2014 - 07:06 AM

So how did you go?
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#4 The Tick

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Posted 13 November 2014 - 09:20 AM

It's actually easy to install but as for replacing the drive, that can be tricky.


For my late 2012 MBP I ended up having to go with an OCW SSD that fit my model. This was more expensive than I would have liked but was the only option available.


Buying from the US wasn't so bad but the warranty when the first one failed after a few months was annoying having to pay around $50 to post it back.


Drive issues aside, it's generally a simple case of building the OS install to USB first.


This is done by downloading the OS from the App store. When you do, it will mount the installer however, it's at this point you should be able to copy the installer file to another folder if need be. You can then create the USB disk using http://liondiskmaker.com


Worth following this article perhaps: http://arstechnica.c...-install-drive/


You could also follow the instructions from this article: http://osxdaily.com/...-install-drive/

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#5 millusions



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Posted 18 January 2015 - 03:50 PM

the easiest and fastest way to do it is to make an installer USB.


if u have Install Mac OS Mavericks.app downloaded the command is something like:


/Applications/Install Mac OS Mavericks.app/Contects/createinstallmedia 

something rather, it will give u the exact commnd options as in --sourcemedia etc.etc


this all happens in a bash terminal, yea

#6 Mademan



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Posted 20 January 2015 - 07:57 AM

I saw this guide on CNET not that long ago taking you through the entire process:


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