Samsung 860 EVO SSD Upgrade - Various Questions/Issues
So I have a Late 2011 Macbook Pro 13” Unibody. I just received a Samsung 860 EVO SSD in the mail today. Was planning on upgrading tonight, but some issues have came up.
- I accidentally ordered the wrong SATA cable - instead of a SATA to USB, it looks like it is just a SATA to SATA. Is there any other way I can clone the HDD to the SSD without needing to order a SATA to USB cable? (I do have my important documents backed up to iCloud/iCloud Drive).
- After some research, I noticed under my hardware information it states: “Product: 6 Series Chipset, Link Speed: 6 Gigabit, Negotiated Link Speed: 3 Gigabit”. Will this be a problem with the 860 EVO, since the negotiated link speed is not 6 gigabit? And if so, how do I got about fixing the issue?
- The Optical Bay also states: Product: 6 Series Chipset, Link Speed: 6 Gigabit”, but the Negotiated Link Speed is 1.5 gigabit. Is it possible to get this up to 6 as well? Maybe put the SSD there, while the HDD is in, then clone it over, and swap the SSD to the original HDD spot?
- Finally, I’m currently running El Capitan 10.11.6 for a while now, and recently been having a lot of issues lately (hence the SSD upgrade). Once the new SSD is all good to go, I plan on switching to Sierra or High Sierra, but can’t really do much updating now due to all the issues i have been happening. Is there a different way I shoudl go about doing that?
I’m rather new to all of this so it has been a little overwhelming. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.