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OS X 10.11, El Capitan, does not include specific code to prevent the use of a third party Solid State Disk (SSD). I have replaced my MacBook Pro's Hard Disk Drive (HDD) with a Samsung SSD; the MacBook is running OS X 10.11. With regard to TRIM support on non-Apple installed drives, see Should I enable TRIM with a third party (non-Apple) SSD?


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As long as you're on your Wi-Fi network, you should be able to do that, but if I were you I'd just buy a SATA-to-USB cable ($30 at Best Buy), install the SSD as usual, connect the HDD over USB, make a disk image of it with Disk Utility (in Recovery), and then install the image on the new drive. I did this when I upgraded my MacBook Pro to an SSD and haven't ...



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