04-17-2012, 10:48 PM
Originally Posted by McYukon
I had ordered a 500 GB HD and a 60 GB SSD from OWC, I then took out the 250 GB HD and the optical drive.
After I had installed the data doubler & SSD in the Apple default bay (Easy Peasy BTW), I booted from the 250 GB HD opened the Lion USB installer I made from the App Store download and started the install process.
The installer copied all the required files to the SSD and then proceeded to restart to the SSD and finish the install.
I then started bringing back files from the firewire 800 connected 250 GB HD to the SSD
All the apps went to the SSD, except for some larger ones/games that can reside out of /Applications.
My users folder I put on the SSD as well, because if the ~/Library files aren't on the SSD you will not see a speed improvement because all the support files the application needs are on the bottleneck HD. ( This is something I noticed, but no one on the internet mentions at all. )
Downloads, Pictures, Movies, Music, File Cabinet (My Documents folder) are all on the HD. Basically, anything that I do not need every week.
If you don't mind a speed decrease when using Bootcamp, by all means put it on the HD if possible.
I don't have any personal experience with cloning, but from the number of posts I have read about SSD's they all recommend a clean install. Reason being, the SSD has a controller board that decides where the data is best located, on a normal HD data is written from one end to the other. Hence if you clone, you will have the HD's data arrangement which is not optimal for the SSD arrangement. Thats what I've heard anyway.
Wow. This was the greatest answer I have ever recieved. One million hearts to you <3
This makes it more clear. So if I do the following, will it be fine?
1. Connect SSD via USB HDD Enclosure
2. Format, Partition, all that fancy stuff to the SSD. Basically prepare it for the installations.
3. Next, boot into the Snow Leopard Installation Disk, and install Snow Leopard onto the SSD
4. I will then update my OS to 10.6.8
This next part is what I may need help with.
5. After installing Snow Leopard onto my SSD, could I use Setup Assistant to load my User files and Applications to my SSD from my HDD? I believe Setup and Migration Assistant offer the option to only migrate certain files, correct?
Also, would you happen to know if my software licences will remain intact? Meaning I will not have to re-enter that stuff again?
If this is correct, I can get rid of my anxiousness.
Thank you very much for the help <3