I’m hoping to install a 1TB or 2TB (preferably 2TB) in a MacBook Pro 13” early 2015 model. Which brand & model SSD would be recommended
Managed to succeed. Here was my situation:
My SSD was brand new and not initialised. Internet recovery wasn't possible as the iMac couldn't boot in recovery mode. I suspect this may be due to that bootable part being absent from the new SSD. Newer models may have a bootable partition in ROM, but my late 2009 iMac didn't.
I made a bootable USB drive on my MacBook Air. That allowed me to boot from the USB in recovery mode.
There I formatted the SSD.
I tried a fresh install of El Capitan, but as explained above, that failed.
I then tried booting from my time machine, which surprisingly worked. It only allows you to do a restore, so I selected the latest backup entry point (a few hours before I made the upgrade.
Restoring took about 9.5 hours, but this morning it had finished as the screensaver was on.
I logged on and it finished setting up my Mac.
The rest of the startup was a bit slower than expected, but I think it was faster than with the original drive.
I tried to install an SSD using this and several other instructions available online. All of the others did it successful and I did not. The installation on the physical drive was easy. Getting my iMac to recover is not. It doesn't respond to the recovery boot. I tried using a bootable usb drive and a fresh install of the OSX, but that froze at "one second remaining". I'm now attempting a restore from time machine, which surprisingly did start, but is so slow that it will take over 9 hours to restore (it's still increasing as I post this). Can anyone give advice?