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April 9, 2014
I had recently got a MacBook Pro 13" non-retna, for its repairability and upgradability. I got i7 processor with everything else base specs, knowing that i can upgrade the HD and RAM easily with iFixit guides. Now i have enough storage space to partition for a triple boot and migrate my old mac mini and windows laptop data over (both are over 7 years old and dying) plus create an new Ubantu partition, and have a 3-in-one fancy compy to last for years to come.
The hard drive swap went smooth-ish, no major problems, follow the guide directions. This was the first time I've ordered parts from iFixit, usually I'd get parts from the Mac Market in Van and use a set of eyeglasses screw set, but this time i thought I'd splurge on a tool set, plus I've been to busy for a trip into the city. So I ordered online and it came to me in a jiffy (like 2 biz days). It took a few minutes to realize that the 26 bits are labeled, phillips 00 is PH00, torx 6 is TX06, really a minor mini issue only. No major problem.
The drive cloning from what i had on the original HDD to the SSHD wasn't super successful with SuperDuper!, unfortunately, at least on the MBP + Mavericks, so i did a clean install with disk utility recovery and migration assistant. It all worked well, again, just a minor issue + a little extra time. I swapped the HDD from the MBP into my Mac Mini (w/ Snow Leopard) after and used SuperDuper! and it worked fine -as it did a few years ago when i did this for the first time- so I'm guessing its a Mavericks glitch.
Anywhoo, both hard drives got swapped and upgraded in an afternoon. Next weekend I'll do the bootcamp and Ubantu partitioning and migrating.
If you are upgrading a new Mac Book Pro from base specs to something more, then check youtube or Apple support for the clean install from disk utility and migration assistant method, Im not sure SuperDuper! has caught up to Mavericks unique tweaks just yet. I guess you can pay the $$ for Carbon Copy Cloner or whatever else, if you do this all the time or whatnot, but for something that I only do once in a few years it doesn't seem worth the extra bucks when clean install is easy and free, just costs an extra 2 hours to do.