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My MBP mid-2009 is starting to slowly fall apart, so I figured I need a new one. I got an SSD for my current macbook, which has OS and apps installed, etc.

Can I just insert this system disk into a new macbook and boot from it? What are possible issues (with Windows I'd worry about drivers)?

Or do I need a migration process of some sort?

I am on latest Lion and I use Time Machine, if it matters.

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This might help:

Does restoring from Time Machine also restore installed applications?

When you boot up on a fresh install you can run the OS X migration process to restore from Time Machine.

Unlike Windows you should be fine just restarting from the system disk though. All the necessary drivers are built in.

If your new disk has stuff on it, you can boot from it and run Migration Assistant from Utilities to copy your user directory from Time Machine.

Also, you should clarify, are you adding an SSD (e.g. into the optical slot) or are you replacing the existing drive? If you're replacing it you'll need a way to copy the data, i.e. from Time Machine.

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Actually, all my data is on that SSD. System and user data. I am planning on putting SSD as primary disk and put original HDD as secondary (in place of superdrive). – Sergio Tulentsev Apr 1 '12 at 3:41
So, make sure the drives have different names, and hold down option when you boot. It'll give you a list of drives. Pick the SSD. If that doesn't work, use System Prefs - > Startup Disk to pick the new SSD. – Alex Apr 1 '12 at 3:42
Ok, I'll try this :) – Sergio Tulentsev Apr 1 '12 at 3:45
Adding and removing a hard-drive, even and SSD requires no system change at all - I've added at couple of drives in the last month with no issues. Once you set your boot drive that setting will stick. – Alex Apr 1 '12 at 3:49
In this case I'll be replacing the system around the SSD. I thought it might be a little bit different :) – Sergio Tulentsev Apr 1 '12 at 3:50

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