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How To Upgrade Your Macbook Pro with a SSD

Replacing your hard drive with a SSD will not only speed up your Mac, it will perform and feel like a new Macbook.

Option 1: Restore from Time Machine
Option 2: Clone to a new SSD
Option 3: Use SSD as a 2nd drive
Option 4: Fresh OSX install


Using Time Machine

The easiest way to get a new SSD is to restore from Time Machine. All you need are tools and the SSD!

Time machine step 1

Step 1

Remove old hard drive, and install SSD. We provide detailed printed instructions when you order an SSD, if you type your Macbook Pro model into the customer notes at checkout. Plug Time Machine into the USB port. If you have a wifi time capsule make sure it is turned on.

time machine step 3

Step 3

You need to initalise the SSD as we ship to you unformatted. There is an option after you click into Time Machine called Disk Utility. You need to choose format type (use Mac OS Extended journaled) and a name, you can use Macintosh SSD or get creative and give it a person's name like Oscar. Click apply and this will format the SSD.

time machine step 2

Step 2

Restart your Mac holding down the Option key. This tells the Mac to find all disks attached that it can boot from. It will recognise the Time Machine and display the icon on screen.

Step 4

Step 4

After formating the drive your Time Machine back ups should be onscreen. Chose the latest, and the Mac will ask if you want to restore back up? Yes. Done. Time Machine will now start restoring onto the new SSD. It will take a while, approximately 100gb per hour.

What you need

Software and tools you need

The great thing about a Time Machine restore is you only need the SSD and tools to open the Macbook Pro.

Screwdrivers (Phillips #00, Torx T6 and Spudger)
Choose an SSD drive here

If you want another method of using a SSD, keep scrolling, next is How to Clone...

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Clone to a new SSD

Cloning allows you to make an exact copy of current hard drive to the new the SSD. The process is largely automatic and the cloning takes 2-5 hours depending on the size of your drive.

Cloning Step 1

Step 1

Connect the SSD to a spare USB port using the USB to SATA cable we provide.

Cloning step 3

Step 3

Install SuperDuper! software (free software link is below), initialise the SSD and then clone your hard drive.

Cloning Step 2

Step 2

Power on your Macbook Pro

Cloning step 4

Step 4

When cloning is complete, power off your Macbook Pro and replace the hard drive with the newly cloned SSD. We ship detailed printed instructions with your SSD order, we also have how to videos found on our Macbook Pro product pages.

What you need

Software and tools you need

There are many reasons you may want to clone your drive to a new SSD. Even if you do have a Time Machine back up, cloning is a simple way of putting all your data on a new drive.
Screwdrivers (Phillips #00, Torx T6 and Spudger)
USB to SATA cable (needed to connect the new SSD to your Macbook's USB)
SuperDuper! software by Shirt Pocket (free download).
Choose an SSD drive here


Use SSD as a 2nd drive

The SSD can be installed as a second drive allowing the current hard drive (HDD) to remain as extra storage. This is done by removing the optical drive and replace it with the new SSD but more commonly the current HDD is removed and put into the optical bay with a Datadoubler. For 2008 to 2012 Macs only.

2nd drive step 1

Step 1 (physical installations)

Remove the current hard drive. Fit this drive on the Datadoubler. Remove optical drive (DVD) and replace with the Datadoubler. Install SSD into the empty space where old hard drive has located. (full printed instructions are included with order). You should now have your old hard drive in the optical bay and the new SSD in the hard drive location.

2nd drive Step 4

Step 4

Install SuperDuper! software and clone your hard drive (in optical bay) to new SSD.

2nd drive step 2

Step 2

Power on your Macbook Pro holding down the option key (this starts the boot manager and shows all drive you can boot from). Your old hard drive should appear onscreen as a device to boot from. Select and start up OSX.
When the Mac starts up, do not allow the system to use the new SSD as a Time Machine.

2nd drive step 5

Step 5

You now have two bootable drives, you need to make sure OSX uses the right one! In StartUp Disk (in system preferences) choose the new SSD as the drive the system uses to restart the Mac.
Use the new SSD for a while. If everything is ok, you have a backup, you can format the old hard drive to use as internal storage.

2nd drive step 3

Step 3 (format the new SSD)

Open Disk Utilities (in applications), select the new SSD. Format type is Mac OS Extended (journaled), give the new drive a name such as "Macintosh SSD". The drive is now ready to be used.

What you need

Software and tools you need

This upgrade looks hard, but it is not, just a few more details, and we always provide printed illustrated guides and free phone tech support if you need help.
Screwdrivers (Phillips #00, Torx T6 and Spudger)
• Optical bay adapter bracket NewerTech Datadoubler
• SuperDuper! software by Shirt Pocket (free download).
Choose an SSD drive here

Please note the datadoubler is compatible these models only: MacBookPro5,1, MacBookPro5,2, MacBookPro5,3, MacBookPro5,4, MacBookPro5,5, MacBookPro6,1, MacBookPro6,2, MacBookPro7,1, MacBookPro8,1, MacBookPro8,2, MacBookPro8,3, MacBookPro9,1, MacBookPro9,2

MacBook5,1, MacBook6,1, MacBook7,1

Fresh install

This is an easy upgrade but takes a long time because you are reinstalling everything! We recommend this method if you think you Mac is compromised by malware or if you think it is time for a fresh start. You will be installing a new version of OSX.

Fresh step 1

Step 1

Insert your Mac OSX DVD into the optical drive. If there is no DVD (current version) you will need an OSX USB or download from Apple (internet access required)

Fresh step 3

Step 3

Replace the hard drive (HDD) with the new SSD (reuse any mounting screws and brackets)

Fresh step 2

Step 2

Power off your Macbook.

Fresh Step 4

Step 4

If installing from DVD, power on your Mac and follow on screen proceedure. If you are installing from USB, insert USB and restart holding down the Option key. If you are installing OSX via an internet download, restart holding down the keys "Command" and "R"

What you need

Software and tools you need

There are a few ways to speed up this install. You can put your old drive in an external case and drag over files and applications you need.

Screwdrivers (Phillips #00, Torx T6 and Spudger)
• Your original installation software or OSX USB
Choose an SSD drive here

Choose your SSD size

When choosing an SSD size, it is best to match the size to your current hard drive capacity or to upgrade to a larger size. If your current drive is 320GB consider a 525GB. This will ensure you can clone your whole drive to the new SSD and there is room for extra data in the future.

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Accessories you need for a DIY installation

These are the kits or parts you need for a successful installation of your SSD. Add to your cart what you need with the SSD you have chosen. When checking out, don't forget to tell us in the customer notes which Macbook or Macbook pro you have, and we will include full printed instructions.

Screwdrivers + USB to SATA cable
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Screwdrivers + USB to SATA cable + NewerTech Datadoubler
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