MacBook Pro Repair

Install MacOS on a new drive, using Migration Assistant to transfer user data from an older machine

After installing an SSD drive in your MacBook Pro, you need to install Mac OS X to the new drive and copy over your files from the old drive. That's what we'll be doing on this page. The process is relatively straightforward especially given the Migration Assistant that Apple built into the OS X installer.

Prior to following the instructions on this page you must have have:

Replace MacBook Pro hard drive with SSD for higher speed, greater reliability, longer life

Regular hard drives have platters spinning at high speed, with your data recorded by magnetic changes in coatings on the platters. This technique worked well for us for many years, but was suboptimal. SSD drives are inevitably replacing traditional hard disks, because SSD drives are faster, more rugged, and in general offer tremendous advantages. The speed difference is night-and-day different, something I didn't appreciate until buying a Chromebook.

Memory replacement or upgrade on Unibody MacBook Pro's

Apple tends to charge a premium price for memory -- For example, the cost for 16GB of memory in the current model Retina MacBook Pro is $200 via Apple, but on Amazon.com you can buy equivalent (1866 DDR3 SODIMM's) memory for well under $100. Unfortunately for us the newer Apple hardware doesn't allow memory upgrades. Fortunately for us we're talking about the Unibody MacBook Pro's, which we can completely disassemble if we like. Upgrading or replacing the memory on these machines is one of the simplest tasks.

Accessing the Unibody MacBook Pro - removing the bottom plate, plus necessary tools for any MacBook Pro upgrade

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As we said earlier, the first step to any Unibody MacBook Pro repair or upgrade project is to remove the bottom plate. With the Unibody MBP's, the machine can be completely disassembled and reassembled. You can remove or repair or replace any part. All that's needed is the bravery to take a screwdriver in hand, and remove the screws.