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What I Install After A Fresh OS Installation

Posted on:September 12, 2012personal4 min read

I received a great gift from work last week. It came in the form of a rectangle, and fit in the palm of my hand. It has made my life easier and more enjoyable. In fact it has single handedly changed the way I approach most things throughout my day.

What is it?

A brand new SSD hard drive.

I've never witnessed the power of a SSD drive first hand. I've used friend's computers that had a SSD drive, but never before has my own computer been running an SSD drive.

Let me tell you: it's glorious.

I decided that during the installation of the SSD I would also install a fresh copy of OS X (as opposed to a Time Machine restore).

I figured it'd be fun to log the steps I took after installing Mountain Lion. They're fraught with monotony but one that every user must go through when setting up their machine after a fresh install.

So what follows is my Post Mountain Lion install log. I did exactly what I expected: install my favorite applications and set up my system presences. Only surprises were the settings I forgot I had ever changed in the first place.

Without further ado! The list!

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3


There isn't much left say. After the first three days of ferocious software installation and customization I was pretty much done and comfortable with my current computer setup.

There were a few things I did forget to copy from my old hard drive that proved to be a bit of a nuisance. I forgot to backup my Transmit favorites and had to prowl through my old hard drive to find where those files were saved. I also forgot to backup my Apple Developer keychains which I ended up just re-creating. Next time I'll just back them up safe and sound.

The speed of the SSD drive made installing all my old programs so fast that the once laborious process of setting up my computer from scratch went by in a blink. Tasks that used to require patience as my HDD read and wrote bytes were done before I was even ready for the next task.

There's no turning back for me now. I have seen the glory of SSD. My future has been written.