Hi HWTech, Thanks a lot for your detailed reply here (and on the Apple Forum )- it worked like a charm! Insulated the SATA cable last year when I changed it, so was 'glad' it wasn't the same issue this time around. Thanks again for all your help!
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Hi everyone, As the title suggests, not too tech-savvy, and was wondering whether anyone could tell me if I'm on the right path. Background: my Macbook Pro (13", Mid-2012) suddenly stopped working at the start of the year, after a High Sierra upgrade- a faulty SSD apparently (MX500, 500GB SATA- only 4 months old at the time). After many weeks of troubleshooting, the SSD was returned to Crucial for replacement. In the interim, I was able to bootup and continue using my Macbook from an external drive. Currently: Just received the replacement SSD (same as above) & in the process of installing it- a few Q's though! [i] as I've been using the external drive to boot for the past 2 months, I've accumulated a lot of info/content that I'd like to keep, and ideally swap over/onto the new SSD. [ii] there's quite a lot of info out there on how to clone a HDD in-situ (one that's functional & currently in the machine) to a new SSD, but I haven't found a single article on how to clone a bootable external to a new SSD. [iii] The external drive is my only backup, so I'm trying to get off it ASAP (2 months using it is long enough!) External= 3TB, with 800GB devoted to Time Machine and the remaining 2.2TB to bootable/docs (only 90GB of this bit has been used- but it's an important 90GB, which is what I'd like to transfer over to the new SSD). Questions: (1) Can I clone my current bootable external to the new SSD? If so, would CCC do the job? (2) Would the clone reflect my current settings/desktop/bookmarks? (3) Do I need to physically install the new SSD before cloning?...or can I just put the new SSD in a caddy and clone, having two 'externals' in that case? (i.e.) the actual external drive + the SSD in a caddy, both attached via USB. (Trying to avoid having to take it all back out, should there be any issues with the cloning). (4) Would the cloned SSD be ready-to-go (i.e.) bootable & a replica of my current desktop/settings, so I just need to install it and go from there? (5) Any sites/links dealing with the specific issue of cloning a bootable external to a new SSD? Thanks in advance for any help guys! p.s. Background is in medicine, so as simple as possible would be ideal! Cheers.
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