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Swap HDD -> SSD... best method to move everything
Posted by: jardster
Date: February 19, 2016 08:48AM
My mom's MBP was getting a little long in the tooth and her hard drive seemed to be having problems (extended beachballs, etc) and it showed an error in disk utility, so I suspect it might be going soon. She was willing to invest in an SSD to keep using the computer.


Install is a breeze (I put one in on my MBP a few years ago when it was brand new). What is the best method of getting all of her stuff transferred to the new SSD? I have her Time Capsule, so I can use that. Do I need to move anything to the SSD prior to install?

Thanks



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Re: Swap HDD -> SSD... best method to move everything
Posted by: sekker
Date: February 19, 2016 08:50AM
Clean install of OS, then use migration assistant to transfer personal files.
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Re: Swap HDD -> SSD... best method to move everything
Posted by: jdc
Date: February 19, 2016 08:54AM
Depends on how much work you want to do.

CCC clone is the easiest and fastest.



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Re: Swap HDD -> SSD... best method to move everything
Posted by: sekker
Date: February 19, 2016 08:57AM
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jdc
Depends on how much work you want to do.

CCC clone is the easiest and fastest.

OP said that Disk utility had trouble doing the cloning, and that the HD might be failing.

Best to start with fresh OS and apps etc then in this case.
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Re: Swap HDD -> SSD... best method to move everything
Posted by: jardster
Date: February 19, 2016 08:57AM
I'm a little hesitant to use the old HD as a clone since it's been really slow and wonky. I'm more inclined to put an OS on the SSD and then use Time Machine for migration assistant. Question is... how to put the OS on the SSD? And do you do it before you install (hooked up via USB) or after, or does it not matter?



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Re: Swap HDD -> SSD... best method to move everything
Posted by: sekker
Date: February 19, 2016 09:04AM
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jardster
I'm a little hesitant to use the old HD as a clone since it's been really slow and wonky. I'm more inclined to put an OS on the SSD and then use Time Machine for migration assistant. Question is... how to put the OS on the SSD? And do you do it before you install (hooked up via USB) or after, or does it not matter?

Put the ssd in a usb sled, run the OS installer on the machine. Install OS.

Or just install the ssd and then run the OS installer as the boot drive.

Once you have an OS on the ssd, then run migration assistant from the TM
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Re: Swap HDD -> SSD... best method to move everything
Posted by: JEBB
Date: February 19, 2016 09:11AM
How do you install Mac OS X on a machine if the HD/SSD is new and you don't have another Mac from which to copy the OS or a flash drive with the Mac OS X installer on it?
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Re: Swap HDD -> SSD... best method to move everything
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: February 19, 2016 09:17AM
Coincidentally, I am doing exactly the same thing on Saturday. I wish I had an install for Yosemite but looks like I'll have to goto ElCap if I want a clean install. I'll hook the new SSD up via USB3, install the OS and then reinstall all my programs and copy over personal stuff. I will then install the SSD into the MBP and be done. I bit longer to undertake, but Just a good way to eliminate headaches.



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Re: Swap HDD -> SSD... best method to move everything
Posted by: jdc
Date: February 19, 2016 10:39AM
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sekker
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jdc
Depends on how much work you want to do.

CCC clone is the easiest and fastest.

OP said that Disk utility had trouble doing the cloning, and that the HD might be failing.

Best to start with fresh OS and apps etc then in this case.

If we going to be specific, he never mentioned cloning via disk utility.

Spinning beach balls could just be a simple sign that the HDD is having trouble catching up with things. A simple use is greater than capability problem. An error on the old drive doent copy itself to the new drive.

If DU fixed the error on the drive (did it?) then IMHO its good for a clone.

Basing a drives health via DU seems a a fools game. its hardly a robust tool, but I understand thats all we have for free.



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Re: Swap HDD -> SSD... best method to move everything
Posted by: jh
Date: February 19, 2016 11:58AM
You can download CCC and use it for free for 30 days I believe. Might be worth a try. It did the trick when I transfered my wife's old HD that was wonky for an SSD in her Mac. Once I got the old HD into an external case it has been working fine.
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Re: Swap HDD -> SSD... best method to move everything
Posted by: modelamac
Date: February 19, 2016 12:58PM
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JEBB
How do you install Mac OS X on a machine if the HD/SSD is new and you don't have another Mac from which to copy the OS or a flash drive with the Mac OS X installer on it?

Then you need to get one or the other. Simple.



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Re: Swap HDD -> SSD... best method to move everything
Posted by: MrNoBody
Date: February 19, 2016 05:42PM
I'd only use MA from the Time Machine b/u if you're using the exact same OS
the failing HDD in mom's MBP is running.

just my 2¢, but I've found running MA after updating the OS on a new SSD created problems.



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