Hello everyone! Welcome to DIY in 5. Im Trisha Hershberger and are there any Mac users watching who remember the good old days when you could upgrade the parts on your Apple computer? It wasnt that long ago you didnt have to be a Genius to upgrade your stuff. On this episode of DIY in 5, well show you how to install an SSD into that older.
Mac of yours to make it speedy like new. Well be using OSX El Capitan (10.11), but this method also works if youre using Yosemite (10.10). First things first, make sure you pick up an SSD with an installation kit like this one. It makes your life a lot simpler. Put the new SSD in the external enclosure then Power on and boot into recovery mode by pressing Command + R during startup.
Next, select disk utility and click continue. Now, youll Select your new SSD in the sidebar and click the Erase tab. Be sure to Enter a name for your new drive. I chose George RR Martin. Set the Format to OS X Extended (Journaled) and the Scheme to GUID Partition Map. Finally click Erase. Now its time to copy the data to the new SSD.
You can do this by selecting your new drive name from the list on the left there’s george. Go to the upper menu bar, and click Edit to find the Restore tab. Select Macintosh HD as the source. Restore to start the restore process. Depending on your system, this might take some time, so fire up Netflix or grab a cup of coffee while you wait.
After the cloning process has completed, its time for a little light surgery as you shutdown your Mac and replace the internal hard drive. For this early 2011 Edition Macbook, you need to remove all the screws from the bottom. Next disconnect the battery and remove a pair of screws holding the old SSD bracket. Now, just lift the old drive out, remove the SATA cable and the hard drive retaining posts. Plug in the new drive, put everything back together, and youre good to go.
Phew now that the tricky part is done, its time to power on. Turn on your Mac, go to System Preferences and click Startup Disk. Select your new SSD as the startup disk and restart your Mac. Its alive. IT’S ALIVE! And hopefully much more.attentive. Please let us know in the comments.
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