So here is my situation: I want to upgrade my MacBook Pro mid 2010 to Samsung ssd 850 Evo. I used carbon copy cloner to clone my Mac to an external drive (WD My passport for Mac). Then I installed the Samsung ssd in my Mac. And now I'm trying to get the data back from the external drive to my newly installed ssd but having difficulties. What's the best way to do that?

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    Could you please explain the difficulties you are having as it's hard to help explain the best way to do this, without explaining what the problem is that you are encountering, it should be as simple as doing what you did before. – unknowndomain Jul 12 '15 at 21:24
  • Did you actually install a OS X on the new drive, or you trying to get the OS X from the external drive? Normaly the CCC would make a bootable disk, so all you have to do is hold the option key during start up that will let you select where from to boot. – Ruskes Jul 12 '15 at 22:10
  • also did you read this bombich.com/kb/ccc3/restoring-disk-image – Ruskes Jul 12 '15 at 22:16

If I am understanding correctly it sounds like he cloned is old internal drive to an external drive, installed an SSD in the Mac and now wants to copy his files back.

If the new drive has Mac OS installed on it (if not probably best to install it. COMMAND-R and select internet recovery) you can just use Migration Assistant to copy your user files and (optionally) apps to the internal drive. Run Migration assistant and it will have an option for restoring from a local drive. Just select your CCC backup.

If the new drive has nothing on it, reboot the Mac while holding OPTION and select the external drive to boot from. Then use CCC to clone the boot drive to the internal drive. Doing it this way you won't get your recovery partition and might end up with other boot issues. Go back and use the first procedure.

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  • Making CCC clone a second time will actually add the Recovery Partition - assuming there is one on the original… You have to remember to do it twice when making the first clone, too. 2nd clone takes 5 mins, as there's nothing new to add, of course. – Tetsujin Jul 13 '15 at 8:10
  • So by just running CCC a second time and not specifying anything different (EG just "re-cloning" the drive) CCC will create the recovery partition? – Steve Chambers Jul 13 '15 at 13:01
  • It will spring a dialog telling you there isn't one & would you like to create one, as a separate step - but in effect, yes. You don't even have to do the 2nd clone after that [I did because I'd left a couple of days between events]. I'm guessing it's because 1st time it doesn't recognise the 'to-be clone' as a boot drive, 2nd time it does. – Tetsujin Jul 13 '15 at 13:02
  • Great tip, never knew that, thx! – Steve Chambers Jul 13 '15 at 13:05
  • Welcome - I discovered it purely by accident when I needed to clone to do an SSD firmware update & just needed to add a couple of days extra data to the clone – Tetsujin Jul 13 '15 at 13:06

I am assuming you are just turning on the Macbook? Have you tried holding down the Option key as stated here: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204417 and choosing the drive to boot from in the Startup Manager? And do you have an external drive also plugged in? Or just the new one? The computer may be trying to find the old boot drive? You don't say what is happening.

As stated in the comment you did not provide us with what the difficulties are.

After it boots the first time you can set the default startup disk. I would have preferred to use a comment for this but I don't have enough rep for that.

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