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I'm upgrading to Lion and a SSD. How would I go about doing this without having to reinstall some programs (Photoshop CS5, for example) that were not necessarily easy to attain and install originally? I assume I need to get an external hard drive, time machine to that, replace the drive with the SSD, install Lion, then revert files from the external?

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post #2 of 10
Using Time Machine would be easiest.
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post #3 of 10
Which SSD are you planning to buy?
I don't believe 2010 MBP's have SATA III capability.
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I purchased a used 60GB Mushkin Callisto Deluxe off a member here, SATA2. You're right the 2010s don't have SATA3 support.
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Bump. Anyone have directions for me?
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post #6 of 10
Do you want to reinstall? You could just upgrade to Lion then clone the HDD on to the SSD or clone the HDD onto the SSD then upgrade to Lion.
    
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post #7 of 10
Clone the SSD or backup with time machine then restore backup on ssd.
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Carbon Copy Cloner (http://www.bombich.com/) works well for me.
    
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post #9 of 10
Just a fair warning, if you use spaces and expose a lot, don't get lion. I could only last 3 hours without them. Mission control is no replacement for them, you can't even lock programs to specific desktops, meaning that if you drag a program to a desktop then restart it wont be locked there anymore. It also doesn't lock it if you close the program, switch desktops then reopen the program.

I must say that the changes that they made are incredibly unintuitive.

If you want an actual upgrade to OS X get totalfinder, cinch and quicksilver. Or wait for windows 8 and install that on it.

Carbon Copy Cloner should work fine, I tend to prefer a fresh install for those sorts of things, but its up to you.
Edited by Polymerabbit - 10/3/11 at 9:39am
 
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post #10 of 10
I was also considering upgrading to lion but the feedback in the app store convinced me otherwise.

I would just take polymerabbit's advice instead.
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