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  • Upgrade the hard drive on a MacBook Pro (HDD + SSD)

    I just completed the upgrade of my 2012 non-retina MacBook Pro. I upgraded from stock 1 TB 5400 rpm HDD to 500 GB Samsung Evo 850 SSD. Two notes to keep in mind: with SuperDuper! the cloning process is essentially creating the image then copying it/cloning it to your new drive. I used a SATA to USB3.0 connector. This process to transfer 180 GB of data took 2 hours. The Solid State Drive installation took 10 minutes, if that. The second thing you want to take note, after installation I noticed on boot up, I would get the Apple chime, a blank screen for 30 seconds then the Apple logo showed up and blast off. If you happen to run into that, go to System Preferences -> StartUp Disk and make sure your Solid State Drive is selected as the StartUp Disk. After choosing, reboot. Now my boot t...see more »I just completed the upgrade of my 2012 non-retina MacBook Pro. I upgraded from stock 1 TB 5400 rpm HDD to 500 GB Samsung Evo 850 SSD. Two notes to keep in mind: with SuperDuper! the cloning process is essentially creating the image then copying it/cloning it to your new drive. I used a SATA to USB3.0 connector. This process to transfer 180 GB of data took 2 hours. The Solid State Drive installation took 10 minutes, if that. The second thing you want to take note, after installation I noticed on boot up, I would get the Apple chime, a blank screen for 30 seconds then the Apple logo showed up and blast off. If you happen to run into that, go to System Preferences -> StartUp Disk and make sure your Solid State Drive is selected as the StartUp Disk. After choosing, reboot. Now my boot time went from 35 seconds to 3 seconds. Maybe not 3, but you catch my drift.

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