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    Cloning hard drive to ssd

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    Cloning hard drive to ssd
    Hello,

    I ordered an ssd from crucial thinking it would include the disc and cable to clone the hard drive but it didn't. Is there a way to clone my hard drive without that cable? I was thinking that I would change the startup disc on my computer to an external hard drive, install the ssd and then change it back. Is that possible?

    Regards,

    Max

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    Cloning hard drive to ssd
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    First... It is not recommended to "clone" a spinning hard drive to a SSD as that will cause problems. Install your SSD as per the instructions and then install OS X to it clean. You can then use your Time Machine backup to restore your data.

    You didn't provide us with any other info so my answer above is generic.

    Your Mac, model and year?

    Version of OS X it's running?

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    Cloning hard drive to ssd

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    Quote Originally Posted by chscag View Post
    First... It is not recommended to "clone" a spinning hard drive to a SSD as that will cause problems. Install your SSD as per the instructions and then install OS X to it clean. You can then use your Time Machine backup to restore your data.

    You didn't provide us with any other info so my answer above is generic.

    Your Mac, model and year?

    Version of OS X it's running?
    Ok. It's an early 2011 MacBook pro running Maverick. How should I go about installing OS X to it after I install the ssd?

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    Cloning hard drive to ssd
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    Any chance you burnt Mavericks to a USB thumb drive prior to Installing? If so then boot from that and do a clean install. If not pop the SSD in a caddy and use Disk Utility. That is the weay Crucial recommends:-


    http://forums.crucial.com/t5/Solid-S...ac/ta-p/112072
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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