Restoring apps when replacing the original hard drive with a SSD

I will be replacing the original hard drive in my Macbook with a SSD. I have a complete time machine backup of all my files to be restored after the swap. But is there a way to restore my non-Apple applications as well? I am most concerned with Microsoft Office and, secondly, with the Adobe apps. I don't have the disks or licensing information.

Also, is there anything I should be aware of when installing the OS on my new drive? I'm currently running OS X El Capitan 10.11.3

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I would backup the existing drive with Acronis 2016, it is compatible with OS X.

This can make a complete image of the drive which can be restored onto the blank SSD.

After the restore, the machine should startup and operate normally as if nothing has happened.

No need to re-install anything.

Acronis is backup software, that can make a complete mirror image of any drive, and then restore individual files, folders, or the entire drive image.

The better version can transfer active applications from one PC to another, seamlessly.

No re-installation.

It provides great peace of mind to protect not only your data, but all of your installed applications and settings, which can be restored in a few minutes.

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The problem with Acorns 2016 first is it's $49.99 for just a single license. While a basic copy of super duper is free.

http://www.acronis.com/en-us/personal/co...

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@mayer, some SSD manufacturers bundle their SSDs with a free license of Acronis and sell it as an "upgrade solution." I think Transcend does it. I still prefer to use the restore method. Efficient, fast, cheap and safe, unless someone messes up source and target.

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There are a couple of ways. You can install the new drive. Just put the drive in, here's how:

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1. Internet Set UP: Now boot up holding down the Option key, enter your router password, get to Disk Utilizes and format the drive and set it to MacOS Extended, GUID partition, you can give it one partition to ensure you've done it correctly. Now you have a drive that you can download and install a system onto.

You can now download and install he (usually) the original Mac OS system. You can later upgrade via the APP store (purchased items). You will need to take it to the OS X that you were previously using and backed up to your Time Machine. On the first reboot it will ask if you want to back up from something and TM is an option.

*Potential issues - I've no problems with most third party programs like MS Office. The problem hits with Adobe (they are very protective of their intellectual rights and getting paid). The Adobe high end programs will request serial numbers or re-installation and even tell you that they've been transferred by a Time Machine backup.

2. Use an external enclosure or USB to SATA adapter. Plug the drive into the USB and format it. Download and install SuperDuper: http://www.shirt-pocket.com/SuperDuper/S...

Now run SuperDuper and clone your old drive onto the new one. This can save the Adobe programs. Do your house keeping (get rid of duplicates, stuff in your download folder and stuff you don't need anymore) before cloning to keep it as clean as possible. Usually you're going to have less room on the SSD than you did on the old HD. This should do the trick.

If the old drive is good, get a cheap enclosure for a 2.5" drive and keep the old drive for storage.

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You'll need an enclosure (or SATA to USB interface) and your new SSD and you can get everything back exactly the same. *I think* that Time Machine restores don't transfer licenses and you have to key them back in.

So connect the SSD via the interface to your laptop. Restart in "Restore Mode" = press and hold Command+R when restarting your laptop.

Once in restore mode, select utilities from the top, and choose disk utilities.

Select your SSD, then "Partition" and partition it into 1 GUID partition, Mac OS Journaled.

You will see the partition appear underneath your SSD's name.

Now you should see in Disk Utility 2 disks:

- Your main HDD (usually depicted as a grey HDD image) with the partition underneath it. The latter is your source.

- Your new SSD (usually depicted as an orange USB device) with the new partition underneath it. The latter is your destination.

Click on the old/source partition to select it, then click on "Restore."

You should see two dialogue boxes appear, where you drag and drop the partitions. The SOURCE dialogue box will already be populated. Make sure it is the old HDD partition.

Then drag and drop the new SSD partition in the target dialogue box.

Double check to make sure you are not mixing target and source. Read and re-read and triple-check.

Once sure, click on "Restore."

Once restore is finished (15 minutes to a couple of hours depending on the amount of data), run "verify disk" or "repair disk" on the new SSD partition. If everything checks out, turn off disk utility, then turn off your laptop (drop down commands on top/left of the screen).

Now open your computer, unplug your battery. Swap the SSD with the HDD. Plug the battery back LAST.

Restart your computer, set the correct time and date if needed, and enjoy.

P.S.: if you are using the latest OS X, the disk utility will look different, and all the commands are present in drop down menus from the top of the screen. Look there if you can't see the commands I am referring to.

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