Just a quick update to my last post about my attempt to replace the hard drive in my 2011 Mac Book Pro. The new hard drive didn’t arrive (thank you FedEx) until around 10:30 a.m. I had watched the video several times on how to make the conversion but I was still nervous. I figured there were any number of ways for me to mess this up.
I was going to photograph the whole process but that idea got away from me when I got into the actual work. So the first step was to hook the new drive up to a SSD dock that connects to your computer. Then using the disk utility from Apple, erase the new hard drive and make it suitable for Mac OSX. Then using a free app called SuperDuper, copy all the files from the old hard drive to the new one using the SSD dock. On the video that process took 1 hour and 37 minutes. Mine experience took 5 hours and 45 minutes. Most of which I spent figuring it was at some point going to give me an error message saying the process had failed. 🙂
Then just before dinner the copy process was done. It was then a matter of taking the bottom cover off the Mac Book and carefully removing the old hard drive and plugging in the new one. That process took about 20 minutes. Button it back up and then the moment of truth. Turn it on. It seemed to take a little longer than normal to boot up and I was anxiously waiting for the boot failure message. But it did boot up and then it was like magic.
It is like a brand new computer. There is no way to compare but it seems like it is actually faster than when it was new. Everything works perfectly and programs that took minutes to load now load in a couple of seconds. WOW!
Now I’m thinking of doing the same thing to my iMac. It’s pretty slow as well. Stay tuned.
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I am glad it worked out swell for you. My hands were sweating just reading through your process. Not for the faint of heart!
Thanks Betty. I figured I had nothing to lose. The computer was unusable the way it was and if it didn’t work I could always send the hard drive back. It really is a night and day difference. Hi to Art.