05-18-2012, 08:54 AM
first of all you need to have a boot able osx lion in hand.
if you view crucial install instruction, it is super duper clone that will do the job.
Anyways to make it easier for you, osx lion install disk be in sd card, dvd or usb stick.
you got to purchase it thru app store or contact apple about it.
(1) using ssd as external drive, format as journaled,
application > utilities > disk utility > choose your ssd drive and erase to format as journaled.
(2) copy the internal drive to external ssd drive using ccc carbon copy clone or super duper
(3) boot up from external drive (ssd) by booting up your mac, press 'option' key as the chimes sound, see if it is okay by choosing the ssd drive to start your mac, if okay, swap your drives ( in with new drive out with old drive)
(4) Boot up your mac with the lion osx in place, again with option key route, overlay your osx in the ssd
with clean install. run software update then you are in business.
Sounds a lot of work, the whole process should be short. say 1hour 30 mins. The software update from
10.7 to 10.7.4 is the marathon, if you have an apple store nearby they can do that in few seconds.
here is the link to create lion osx
How to make a bootable Lion install disc or drive | Macworld