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Swapping harddrive for SSD in MacBook Pro 15 inch (2012).


I am looking to swap the harddrive of a new 2012 MacBook pro 15 inch with an SSD and then replace the optical bay with the original

I was wondering if the process is exactly the same as previous models. I have looked at the tear down but wanted to make sure

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Here's an article by OWC and bench results on the 15" standard:

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I did this yesterday. I installed a Samsung 512GB SSD. The guide for the late 2011 model did match perfectly:

MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Late 2011 Hard Drive Replacement

And use this one for cloning the harddisk:

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I am planning to replace my existing HD with a new SSD. Im on OS X Lion 10.7.4

I need to clone my HD on to my SSD. Can I not do this using my latest Time Machine Back up?

wouldnt the TM back up install the OS plus all my applications and files etc ( basically bring it back to the current state including preferences)?

Is this what time machine is for?


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If you opt to install by using a TM backup, all your data, applications and preferences. The only thing to account for is that the SSD needs to have the more space that what your TM backup uses.


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