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Moving to an SSD
Authored by: noworryz on Apr 07, '11 10:14:48AM

For those who want to use this procedure, which has the advantage of not requiring a $30 Universal HDD Adapter but has the disadvantage of not allowing you to test your SSD before you install, the steps are:

1. Log in as a user who does *not* have FileVault enabled and do a Time Machine backup.

2. Open up the Mac (using instructions from and swap the two drives.

3. Insert your system recovery/installation DVD in your optical drive. Restart your computer and press and hold the 'C' key as soon as you hear the chimes until the Apple appears.

4. When you get to the screen saying "Install Mac OS X," do not press the "Continue" button. Instead, go to the Utilites menu and select "Disk Utility..."

5. Format your SSD as HFS Extended (Journaled), 1 partition. Quit Disk Utility.

6. Go back to the Utilities menu and select "Restore System From Backup," choosing your Time Machine backup. The restore should take about three hours.

7. Restart. Go to System Preferenences, set the startup drive, and you're done.

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