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Billy asked in Computers & InternetSoftware · 8 years ago

If you install a new SSD do you lose your OS?

I have a macbook pro and im getting an SSD to replace my current harddrive. I was wondering if you lose your OS and if you do how do you get it back on Mac. Also im running bootcamp which i already know I'll lose but i just need to know if you lose your Mac OS if you upgrade. Thanks for any answers.

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  • 8 years ago
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    When you purchase the SSD, also buy a 2.5" SATA - USB drive enclosure. Should be $20 or so.

    Install the SSD in the machine, and put the hard drive into the USB enclosure

    Boot from the hard drive in the USB, format the SSD with Disk Utility

    Use Carbon Copy Cloner to transfer everything *except the Bootcamp partition* from the HD to the SSD.

    You should now be able to boot from the SSD like normal, with all of your OS, Applications and user data

  • 8 years ago

    Yes! Of course.

    You will lose everything that was on the old hard drive including the OS, unless it is transfered to it

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