The HDD in my MacBook Pro failed so I followed some online instructions, and as I had a spare external USB HDD I ended up with the latest OS X Mavericks on the external HDD.
It was all done by Apple over the internet. The MacBook will now only work with the external HDD. I have a new SSD that I want to fit in the MacBook and have all the files on the current external HDD transferred to the SSD. When I restart the MacBook I want it to boot from the new internal SSD. However, I am a bit stumped with all the various instructions so can someone give me an easy guide i.e. step-by-step? I want the MacBook Pro configured as if it was new, i.e. with all the necessary software on the SSD. I have Time Machine backups, I have an USB enclosure. The SSD is a Samsung 840 Pro 512 GB. I also have the original discs with OS etc.
Do I install the SSD in the MacBook first and then format it using the original OS disc?
I ask because I have plugged in the SSD using the enclosure and it is not recognised with Disk Utility? I have also discovered that the existing internal HDD is accessible again and alive but when I try a restore command I get a message: "Cannot restore from source disk"!
I hope I have explained my predicament clearly. References to cloning, carbon copy etc have me lost.
I did this and got the following. I did as instructed which was as follows, and as it all happened so fast I may miss out a bit! Installed the SSD, ran OS dvd, partitioned the new ssd, then clicked on continue, got an option to restore OS, selected that and used time machine backup. This tranferred my latest backup to the new ssd, tok about 2 hours. Mac restarted and booted from ssd. Everything worked. Turned off mac and back on all booted ok. Delighted. Switched off last night, this morning switched mac back on, would not boot from SSD. Then would not boot from USB HDD. Put back in OS DVD, checked disk utility, saw samsung ssd, under partition all ok but cant make it start up disk, got error message, partition fail, tried verify disk now and got some information was unavailable during an internal look up. , then tried partition, got error couldnt unmount disk. I then tried the unmount tab but it says could not unmount, . I am stuck good and proper. I wonder why it worked for a while and then once left powered off overnight failed. help??