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change a ssd mac

HI!!

I WANT TO CHANGE MY 128GB SSD into a bigger one.

I HAVE READ AND MANY STEPS GUIDE ON HOW TO DO IT, AND THIS TIME is clear to me.

BUT I HAVE NOT GOT IT RIGHT WHAT THE PROCESS TO BE DONE BEFORE AND AFTER REPLACING.

THAT IS ALL I WANT THAT DATA, SYSTEM SETTINGS THAT I HAVE FROM NOW ON SSD 128 THEN BE PASSED ON THE NEW SSD.

WHAT IS THE PROCEDURE TO BE DONE? HOW TO DO IT?

THERE IS A STEP BY STEP GUIDE?

TELL ME HOW DO YOU KNOW?

THANK YOU

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djnik01 - Please don't use all caps! AS IT IMPLIES YOUR YELLING AT AS!

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First you will need to get the correct SSD unit for your system as Apple has a few different versions depending on your model. Are you sure you have the newest '13 model? it has PCIe I/O unlike the older models. None of the available 3rd party upgrades will work on this system.

Your only option is going with one of two upgrade options from Apple 256GB or 512GB. But heres the rub, you will need to buy a brand new system! In order to get the larger size as they don't offer it for after-sale upgrade at this point. Sorry ;-{

Maybe in the fall other options will be offered to you by OWC or other 3rd party supplier of upgrades.

As to migration of your stuff:

The best way is using an external HD or gasp! SSD drive using TimeMachine or other backup software.

In any case you will still have an issue swapping the drive out as you don't have Mountain Lion installer on your system only the recovery service which is not quite the same. Download from the App store a full copy of Mountain Lion so you can prep the external HD or SSD as a boot disk for your system.

As I've not needed to do this yet on the newest Air's I want to give your fair warning here: Apple in the past has not been very good in updating the OS installer in the App store for the newest models (often they need newer device drivers). So you may find the external HD/SSD won't work as it should as it's missing needed drivers. You will need to visit your nearest Apple Store to have then help you in setting up the external HD/SSD to boot up your new MacBook Air if you encounter problems here.

Your other option here is to just wait until Mavericks (the new OS-X due this late fall/winter) is released. As it is a full OS update it will have all of the needed drivers.

So the bottom line here is just wait for both a 3rd party SSD option to update your Air and wait for Mavericks.

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Just a heads up. You can use the recovery disk or internet recovery (hold Command+R while booting) to install a system as well, which typically bypasses the version mismatch issue you mentioned when downloading from the Mac App store.

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This was a problem in the last mini/Air/retina system updates and at the time it was the same image file as the App store. I had to clone the OS and patch it to make it work. Apple did manage to fix after a few months. So I just expect it will end up being the same on this round of updates (too soon to tell for sure).

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If you keep a current backup you "restore" the files or transfer the files from there after you've installed the OS on the new drive.

If you have no backup you can put the old drive in an external case and use Migration Assistant to transfer the files, after that use the old drive as your backup drive.

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Assuming you purchase the proper drive and an external enclosure for your original SSD (the Other World Computing kits are a good example) you can follow the rough procedure below to transfer your system and data to the new SSD.

  1. You have the choice of installing the new SSD into your Mac and installing your Mac's original SSD into the external enclosure, or vice versa. The only difference this will make is which drive you boot to in the following steps
  2. Boot to the SSD that has your system on it. You can do this by holding Option while you power on your Mac and choosing the proper drive from the on screen selections.
  3. Open Disk Utility (Applications/Utilities > Disk Utility)
  4. In Disk Utility, click on the erase tab, select the new SSD, enter a name for it, ensure "Mac OS Extended Journaled" is selected and then click Erase. This will format the SSD so that you can clone your current system to it.
  5. Download and install Carbon Copy Cloner (you can use the trial) from the Bombich downloads page.
  6. Open Carbon Copy Cloner
  7. In Carbon Copy Cloner, select your current system SSD in the "Source" window, select the new SSD in the "Destination" window and then click the Clone button.
  8. Once Carbon Copy Cloner has finished you should be able to boot to the new SSD. If it's installed in the external enclosure you can remove it and install in your MacBook Air. If it's already installed in your MacBook Air then you can boot to it normally, by simply pressing the power button.

Hopefully that points you in the right direction!

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Don't forget he can't upgrade the SSD yet as there is no 3rd party options!

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Good point Dan, I didn't even notice the model year. I would watch OWC as they seem to be the only folks really interested in delivering these types of upgrades over the past couple years.

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