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Upgrade from HDD to SSD, copying also the recovery partition

I want to upgrade the MacBook Pro 15" of my daughter with OS 10.8.x from a HDD to a SSD.

So I need to make a clone copy of recovery partition and the regular partition. Two years ago I bought CarbonCloneCopy 3.4.4. Her serial no. is C02H2FCHDV7L

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The serial nummer is of course the one of the laptop.


Apple MacBook Pro "Core i7" 2.2 15" Late 2011 Specs

Identifiers: Late 2011 15" - MD318LL/A - MacBookPro8,2 - A1286 - 2563*


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I don't know about copying the recovery partition. Apparently the machine has a lower operating system than 10.8, so I would think that by installing 10.8 via download from Apple that it will create one.

Consider using a hybrid drive such as the Seagate SSHD, it's cheaper and larger. Also why aren't you taking her to 10.10.1?

1 TB SSD Hybrid 2.5" Hard Drive

1 TB SSD Hybrid 2.5" Hard Drive Image


1 TB SSD Hybrid 2.5" Hard Drive


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Mayer is correct installing 10.8 by download from Apple will create the recovery partition. According to this source Carbon Copy Cloner will also do what you want. Instructions for doing it are also there.


Hi mayer,

Thanks for your response.

1.) my HDD has already a recovery partition

2.) I want to switch to a SSD because it has no moving parts, which is a significant advantage for kids, else you have to buy every year a new HDD

3) I bought a 240GB SSD which is a reasonable size and also acceptable in price. All big files like music, films and photos she will keep apart - either in the cloud or on a backup HDD.

4) I want to go from her old HDD filled up with less than 120GB of data having a recovery partition and a 'normal' partition to a SSD of 240GB getting the same partitioning and contents as the old HDD. So I thought CarbonCloneCopy would be the right tool to do this, as we have this tool in version 3.4.4. Or is there a more convinient way to do this ?


Also thanks ABCellers for your response, but what do you mean with 'Instructions for doing it are also there'.


Michael, the types in blue are links, click on them for instructions. Carbon Copy is fine. Personally I use SuperDuper


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