I received my SSD today, but I'm wondering what the best way is to install Lion on it.
I will have a full Time Machine back up, so I can restore my system settings and applications, however I can't use that to install Lion, so how exactly am I supposed to install Lion on a new hard drive?
Should I just burn the image from the Lion installation app (InstallESD.dmg)? Would that be a proper installation? Because there are all those other folders with other files, etc so does that image install everything I need?
I'd go the intallesd.dmg route. I've done it, and ends up working just like the install process for previous versions of Mac osx. As far as I'm aware the other files and folders are basically just for prepping the system, extracting that dmg to a new recovery partition on your drive and rebooting from it to complete the os installation. If you are installing on a blank drive the prep work isn't necessary (or even really possible as you need to be booted to do it). Once you have completed the install I'd then run migration assistant to transfer apps, files, folders, and settings, back over from the time machine backup.
If it runs like mine, a 480 6G SSD - 6750M 1 GB, on a late 2011 15" 2.2 Gh i7 MBP, you will be impressed. What are your machine specs and the SSD specs?
Lion was so ridiculously slow loading in the dvd drive, I got fed up and ejected it and stuck in my SL disc. Unfortunately, it wasn't recognized, so I was forced to deal with the long wait time and install Lion.
Installed all the updates, Safari still sucks. Every bug I had before is still there and it's just as slow as it was before... damn.
It's definitely quicker, boot time is acceptable now, restarts fine without and hiccups (unlike the nightmare I faced with the hdd every time I restarted), apps launch super fast, etc.... hopefully that'll be the end of the spinning beach ball.
Still.... wish I could've installed SL... I still hate Lion, think I always will.
It's going to be tricky dealing with the drastic reduction of available storage space though! 128GB isn't that much... all I could afford.
Gotta figure out the best solution for my music library (65GB and counting)...
i would put the music library on an external HDD..
Put the original 5400rpm HDD on an external enclosure and put your library in there.
I picked up a Western Digital Passport 1 TB mini external ($139) and designated it the HD for iTunes. Now all my music, movies, books etc are on the HD and backed up to another external. I use the mini HD when travelling and the backup HD on the desktop. Saved me about 150 GB on my resident HD. You just have to remember to keep that drive plugged in to the laptop when you want to use iTunes, not an issue as the mini is so small.