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So the internal HDD can actually perform as an external HDD ? Even for Windows?

Of course. It’s just an ordinary 2.5” HDD that you’d find in any external drive. You can’t boot any OS off it obviously. USB isn’t fast enough.

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AlexPascal said
AdamGold said
So the internal HDD can actually perform as an external HDD ? Even for Windows?
Of course. It’s just an ordinary 2.5” HDD that you’d find in any external drive. You can’t boot any OS off it obviously. USB isn’t fast enough.
I really appreciate your answers to my annoying questions, thank you! :)

If I choose to do just like you, 120GB SSD without internal HDD how do I move everything to the SSD before I plug off the HDD ? Is this what SuperDuper! does? But where does the backup go? Didn’t find it in their website.

BTW

What encolsure did you buy for replacing the HDD with the SSD ?

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PixelBin says
AdamGold said
AlexPascal said
AdamGold said
So the internal HDD can actually perform as an external HDD ? Even for Windows?
Of course. It’s just an ordinary 2.5” HDD that you’d find in any external drive. You can’t boot any OS off it obviously. USB isn’t fast enough.
I really appreciate your answers to my annoying questions, thank you! :)

If I choose to do just like you, 120GB SSD without internal HDD how do I move everything to the SSD before I plug off the HDD ? Is this what SuperDuper! does? But where does the backup go? Didn’t find it in their website.

BTW

What encolsure did you buy for replacing the HDD with the SSD ?

Unfortunately, the SSD I purchased was not pre-formatted so my MBP did not recognize it when I put it in the external case and connected it via USB so I had to put it in the MBP , pop in the Snow Leopard recovery disk, go into Disk Utility, format it, remove it, put the original HDD back in, put the SSD in the external case, connect it, clone the HDD to the SSD with SuperDuper!, then take out the HDD , put the SSD back in, and put the HDD into the external case and delete everything from it.

In other words, if the SSD was pre-formatted and the MBP would have recognized it, it would have saved me a ton of time. By the way, you’re going to need to format the SSD to the Extended Mac Journaled format or whatever it’s called.

I bought this: http://www.amazon.com/Vantec-NexStar-2-5-Inch-External-Enclosure/dp/B002JQNXZC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1323634617&sr=8-1 and I highly highly highly recommend it. It’s extremely cheap but it feels incredible. It looks great (it comes with a faux leather pouch which is pretty nice, actually) and it just feels very solid and sturdy and has a great finish to it. Literally worth every penny. I highly recommend it if you can get it in your country.

Edit: And no problem. :) I really wished someone helped me when I was doing this so I’m glad to help!

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AdamGold says
AlexPascal said
AdamGold said
AlexPascal said
AdamGold said
So the internal HDD can actually perform as an external HDD ? Even for Windows?
Of course. It’s just an ordinary 2.5” HDD that you’d find in any external drive. You can’t boot any OS off it obviously. USB isn’t fast enough.
I really appreciate your answers to my annoying questions, thank you! :)

If I choose to do just like you, 120GB SSD without internal HDD how do I move everything to the SSD before I plug off the HDD ? Is this what SuperDuper! does? But where does the backup go? Didn’t find it in their website.

BTW

What encolsure did you buy for replacing the HDD with the SSD ?

Unfortunately, the SSD I purchased was not pre-formatted so my MBP did not recognize it when I put it in the external case and connected it via USB so I had to put it in the MBP , pop in the Snow Leopard recovery disk, go into Disk Utility, format it, remove it, put the original HDD back in, put the SSD in the external case, connect it, clone the HDD to the SSD with SuperDuper!, then take out the HDD , put the SSD back in, and put the HDD into the external case and delete everything from it.

In other words, if the SSD was pre-formatted and the MBP would have recognized it, it would have saved me a ton of time. By the way, you’re going to need to format the SSD to the Extended Mac Journaled format or whatever it’s called.

I bought this: http://www.amazon.com/Vantec-NexStar-2-5-Inch-External-Enclosure/dp/B002JQNXZC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1323634617&sr=8-1 and I highly highly highly recommend it. It’s extremely cheap but it feels incredible. It looks great (it comes with a faux leather pouch which is pretty nice, actually) and it just feels very solid and sturdy and has a great finish to it. Literally worth every penny. I highly recommend it if you can get it in your country.

Edit: And no problem. :) I really wished someone helped me when I was doing this so I’m glad to help!

Wait I didn’t fully understand. Do I need the enclosure to support Mac or the actual SSD ?

And why does the encoslure even matter? (I mean why buy this one and not something else)

I buy a Crucial SSD so I guess the MBP will recognize it, right? If so, what will I have to do?

Edit:

Found these two in my country:

http://www.vantecusa.com/front/product/view_detail/177 for 30$
http://www.vantecusa.com/front/product/view_detail/229 for 25$

Which one should I get?

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Wait why do you need encoslure if you use the HDD as external HDD ? What’s the use of the encolsure?

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PixelBin says
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Wait why do you need encoslure if you use the HDD as external HDD ? What’s the use of the encolsure?

How are you going to connect the HDD through USB when it’s outside your computer? :-P SSD ’s and HDD ’s (at least modern ones) connect through a SATA interface so the external “case” is 1) a cover for the case and 2) a SATA to USB converter (or whatever you need it to go to, there’s difference cases for each type of connection).

You don’t need anything for the SSD that is going in your computer. It’ll fit perfectly in there.

Edit: I’m not urging you to get a NexStar as I’m not sure of the quality of every one of their products but the one I got was because it was super cheap ($7 compared to the $30 that you found) and it turned out to be of excellent quality both performance and durability/build wise. There are other much better brands of cases for the $25-30 range, I’m sure.

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AdamGold says

Ah I got it, thanks! :) I can also buy a SATA to USB converter right?

Does the encolsure cover all of the HDD ? So it will stick in it and I won’t have to put it in again and again?

Now important question:

I buy a Crucial SSD so I guess the MBP will recognize it, right? If so, what will I have to do?

Thank you very much, you’re awesome I understood the whole thing thanks to you! :)

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AdamGold said
Ah I got it, thanks! :) I can also buy a SATA to USB converter right?

Does the encolsure cover all of the HDD ? So it will stick in it and I won’t have to put it in again and again?

Now important question:

I buy a Crucial SSD so I guess the MBP will recognize it, right? If so, what will I have to do?

Thank you very much, you’re awesome I understood the whole thing thanks to you! :)

The enclosure covers the entire HDD . It’s a case for it. It’s hidden inside and there is a USB port on the side and it comes with a cable to connect to your computer.

Hopefully it will otherwise you will need to format it first if it’s not pre-formatted.

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Okay so if it will support Mac, then how will I move everything from the HDD to the SSD ?

And what’s the best way to discharge static electricity? Can I just touch a metal fork? :D

Thanks!

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Alex? :)

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