I will replace my MacBookPro old and tired HDD with a big 1TB SSD drive tomorrow. I'm not sure which one is the best option:
Alain: I'm not sure which one is the best option
I very recently started using an external SSD (can't be built-in in my medieval Mac) as my start-up disk. I cloned everything from Time Machine (using the rotational HDD as a start-up disk), and had no problems. Today (yes), I tried to downgrade to Yosemite, and I failed. I could install Yos, but I couldn't use the Migration Assistant nor the Time Machine back-up to move data to the SSD. You may want to stick to Yosemite, some apps won't work anymore with El Capi.
Moving CT shouldn't be a problem at all, as long as you stick to the same computer. Even Office:mac 2011 wasn't a problem.
Thank you woorden,
I'm already on El Capitan and all my apps are OK for now, so I'll stick to it for the moment.
As for CT, I guess Igor will believe me tomorrow if I have a license problem on the same computer. ;-)
By the Way, Office-mac is one of the reasons I'm moving to the SSD drive. Office starts very slowly and is veeeeeery slow with big files. My brother has a newer Mac than me (mine is MacBookPro 17 early 2009) and Office:mac is quite fast on his Mac...
Alain: I'm already on El Capitan and all my apps are OK for now, so I'll stick to it for the moment.
I'm having problems with two apps (widgets, more likely) that can be solved by disabling SIP. I did that, and got scared. Worse, my Magic Mouse didn't work correctly anymore, but I can't solve that. Resetting the PRAM doesn't work if your start-up disk is external. Strangely enough, the problem seems solved, after my "go back to Yos" adventure.
Office-mac is one of the reasons I'm moving to the SSD drive
Works here (iMac late 2009) okay.
I guess Igor will believe me tomorrow if I have a license problem on the same computer
Undoubtedly. A new install would require a new license, moving/copying won't, though.
Have fun with your SSD!
So? How did things work out?
Alain: ...booted... et voilà.
Good to hear. It's amazing, even with my now officially obsolete iMac and the SSD connected externally at that.
Alain: USB 3 or 2
FireWire 800, which is way faster than USB2, probably faster than USB3 (bi-directional, although that's not very useful for pics).
Sorry to be so off-topic...
It's on-topic: Mac topics and questions, and it's also directly related to CT.
ipse: FireWire 800
Those casings are difficult to find. I bought this one for less than € 10:
It's now slightly more expensive. The cables alone are worth far more (USB, FW400, FW800). Buy one if you can get one in Japan.