Upgrading my MacBook Pro with an SSD drive

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  1. Mike Anderson

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    I have a mid-2009 17" MacBook Pro. Great computer, and I really love the 17" screen (which they no longer make, booo.) So I want to replace the hard drive with an SSD. (I think I once saw some posts from other folks here who have done this.)

    The installation procedure looks straightforward, except for one thing:

    I'm currently running Windows 7 Professional 64-bit through Bootcamp. I'd like to keep all my programs without having to reinstall everything. When I clone the old hard drive, will the Bootcamp partition get cloned along with it, and will it work just like before?
     
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    Also, does anyone know what is the best (and biggest) SSD drive I can get for this laptop?
     
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    I upgraded my Mini's drive with instructions from here and it was pretty straightforward and drama free.

    They sell any special tools that might be needed, too.

    I also used their instructions to replace the fans in my ancient iMac which was a bit more complicated.

    I'd hope you'd be able to restore your Bootcamp installation to the new disc from whatever backup you might have...

    I chose a Samsung 850 Pro 256GB SSD for the mini as that's enough OS space for me.

    I'm pretty sure that the ones with more storage space are physically the same size.

    I use the 1Tb spinner that came with the Mini for data space...
     
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    I would get the biggest MX200 Crucial drive you can afford. 1TB is about $450.
     
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    I recently did the same as Pete. Easy peasy. And yes, my Win/parallels partition copied with the whole thing. There are some YouTube vids of how to do it. Mine's a mid 2010 15".

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    Jon, I've never used parallels, but that's a little different isn't it? Bootcamp runs off an entirely separate partition. I've got other people telling me I'll have to clone it separately from within Windows.
     
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    I think Parallels is like an interface for Bootcamp. I know that when I first set up the computer, I created a Bootcamp partition. I later added Parallels, which made it all more user friendly. Also, to copy your current HDD to the SSD, you/I use a program that was recommended on the TY video that makes a complete copy. I did exactly what the guy did in the YT and it went without a hitch, which pleasantly surprised me. Nothing I do in my life goes without a hitch, it seems :jo ;)

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    How much do you use your Windows?

    I ask, because I dropped using Parallels and a separate Windows partition in favor of running Win 8.1 under Virtual Box which doesn't need a separate partition.

    I'm a light Windows user though, I just have a few old programs from when I switched.

    Works fine for me...
     
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    I'm pretty sure if you get the SATA cable, you can easily clone the windows partition too. Since I try to keep MS products off of my Mac (I was forced to install Office for Mac by my boss ;) ), I'm not 100% sure, but I'm almost sure. In any case, if Jon could do it, it's probably pretty easy. :hide
     
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    Windows is pretty much the only thing I use. I almost never use the Mac side of my machine. Bootcamp is the best way to do it, I'm pretty sure.
     
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    I should add that on the Mac side, I'm still running OS X 10.6.2. Is this a problem?

    I don't care about that install; I only use my machine for Windows. Can I do this:

    (1) Backup my current Windows install with Acronis
    (2) Install the new SSD drive
    (3) Do a fresh install of the latest OS X
    (4) Run Bootcamp and do a fresh install of Windows 7
    (5) Then restore my old Windows install

    Will that work? Seems like that would be the cleanest way to do it if that works.
     
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    I'm like the canary in the mine for tech issues.... :rolleyes:
    I can (did) build a TR Rocket clone from schematics, but commercial stuff that's 'supposed' to work.... oy.... :facepalm
    And yes, Pete, sometimes/too often my attempts to fix things turn a 20
    minute job in to a 5 hour job. But I swear on a stack of 6L6s that it's not my fault :D
    Was that overly defensive? :eeks ;)

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    It's not news, but you're quite an unusual guy, Mike ;)

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    Well, my job requires me to run a bunch of windows software, or else I'd be running Linux or something.
     
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    This seems to have worked great!

    My 6-yr old Mac now has a 1 TB SSD drive and 8 GB RAM. This old machine is tearing it up!

    Now I've just gotta cross my fingers and hope the graphics card and motherboard stay alive.
     

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