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    Mar 09, 2011
    New ssd
    Hi sorry to be dumb but I just installed a new ssd in my MacBook pro 5,5. I have a copy of lion install on a flash drive.
    When I turn on my Mac what do I do to use the new ssd on its own?

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    Jan 23, 2008
    Keller, Texas
    2017 27" iMac, 10.5" iPad Pro, iPhone 6s+, iPhone 7+, Numerous iPods, High Sierra
    The SSD like any other hard drive will first have to be setup so that you can install Lion on it. That means partitioning and formatting it. Boot from your Lion flash drive and use Disk Utility to do that.

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    Dec 24, 2011
    So Cal
    Late 2011 13" MBP Crucial M4 256gb SSD, 8 gb ram

    Reboot computer with Lion usb attached. When you hear the "chime" hold down the OPTION key. On the screen that displays, select "disc utility," which I think is the fourth option. In disc utility, select the SSD drive and format it. You want to use "Mac OS Extended Journaled" and under options select "GUID Partition" for Intel based processors. Once you format the drive, exit disc utility and you will be back to the screen you saw when you first booted. Now select the option that says to install Lion (takes about 10-15 minutes), reboot and you will be up and running after you enter all the set up info.

    Good luck and enjoy the SSD.

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