Can I switch to SSD drive?

Hi Folks!

I would like to switch the original drive in the laptop that i passed along to my Father with a new SSD one, and before I begin I would like to know if anyone else already did it before.

Feedback appreciated!

Ciao,

Gio

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Ciao - Gio Love Italy!

Yes, you can swap the HD out to a SSD with little effort. The tricky part is installing the OS. Do you still have the OS-9 CD/DVD's that came with the system or have the bought OS-X DVD's? Any will do. If not you'll need to find a way to link your system to an external drive (see below) or another Mac to prep the SSD (target mode).

You'll need an ESD mat & wrist strap plus the needed screw drivers (Straight, Philips & Torx).

You may want to consider getting a FireWire (getting hard to find) or USB HD case to put your old HD in. Or a USB to SATA cable so you can copy over the apps you have on your HD.

One other option is taking out the optical drive and with a optical to HD carrier swapping out the optical drive for your HD. That way you have the SSD as the boot drive and the HD as a data drive (no internal optical drive anymore). If you want you could still put the optical drive into a FW/USB case so you have it when you need it.

Follow these guides:

HD replacement

Dual HD install

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Hi Dan,

thank you!

I´ll do the job later this week, fingers crossed...

I had a bit of cold feet on this one, since it is not so easy as the other three I have already done-they were all unibody.

About the OS I have external drives and all the original DVD, but you may have an advice: should I start with the original 10.5 and climb up to the 10.8? or I can skip the intermediate steps?

One more thing (ok, that is mean but catch the eye...) I already replaced my main laptop optical drive to a second SSD: are you aware of a solution to make the original Apple DVD player work again? short of rewriting a the library, I mean. So far I am using VLC, but, you know....

Ok, now I owe you: let me know if I can help on something Italian. ;)

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You can install the latest OS directly no need to install the older versions. Some people prefer the older iTunes so you may want to re-install it before running the newer version (find the older one on Apples web site). In the case of Lion/M Lion you'll need to have a bootable ext drive (any OS) to install it or you will need to install Snow Leopard first.

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The drivers for Apples optical drive are always installed so you don't need to do anything with the software, only put the drive into a case FireWire or USB. Or you can buy Apples external drive (or other). VLC is a file format of some video files. You'll need an app that can play VLC files.

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Have fond memories of my travels there, hope to retire in Tuscany some day.

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Yes. Any computer can use an SSD. Some computers may not get as much of a speed benefit, though, but this one should get a big boost.

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