I just updated my Macbook Pro, removing the Super Drive and adding an SSD, following this awesome, concise and precise video.

It was as good a time as any to refresh everything.

Here’s the result:


These are a few of my favorite things…

And here is the partitioning to get it done:


Here are my highlights (cautionary tales, really) from the experience. I’m not taking the time to do a full writeup, since it was a specific upgrade, not a clean install, but add a comment if you have a specific question for me. (continued…)

GPT is a newer Intel-provided partition format replacement for the ancient MBR style, that only allows 4 primary partitions and, most importantly, can’t be used to boot off of drives 3TB or larger (yes you will be using one soon!). So I thought I would prepare for the future and get all set up. What a waste of time… (continued…)