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Got a new solid-state HDD to improve boot up and shut down times on my MacBook Pro (which had gotten insanely slow despite extra RAM). Old drive still works, I just wanted something a little peppier.
The drive arrived on time and in good condition. I even got it physically installed in the machine with no problem, but that's where things started to go wrong.
I got fail after fail when I tried to install Mavericks from the USB install disk (which was its own nightmare to figure out how to do). IFixIt phone support was very patient and suggested a few solutions I hadn't thought of, but nothing worked. Eventually, they even offered to send me a new HDD in case it was a problem with the hardware. It wasn't.
Turns out I probably had an incomplete recover/install drive. I followed the instructions on IFixIt's online guides, but they don't cover Mavericks so well. After more than a week of messing with the thing, I found good advice elsewhere online and got the new HDD up and running!
To make a workable Mavericks install drive using a USB or external drive, follow these instructions: http://mashable.com/2013/10/23/clean-ins.... Using Apple's Disk Recovery software doesn't seem to work for Mavericks (yet).
If OSX goes through the first few steps of installation but repeatedly tells you that Apple "can't verify" the software because it was "corrupted or tampered with," the problem is likely that the date and time are set wrong on your computer. Go into the Utilities menu on the recovery screen and open up Terminal. Set the current date and time using all numbers in MMDDHHMMYYYY format. If it's 11:15 pm on Nov. 11, 2013, type:
Don't forget the command line "date" before it!
This should solve any problems with software certificate authentication.
Finally, unless you're sure - absolutely positive - that you have a torx T6 screwdriver, just order the conversion kit from iFixIt! The extra $20 is a bargain for the HDD enclosure and the screwdriver.