How do I install a new MacOS on a new hard drive?
MacbookPro Mid-2010 15"
First off I'm not crazy- I've just literally never done this and I like to know every detail...
So my stock HDD is failing and I bought a 500GB SSD to replace it with. Long story short I cannot clone the failing drive, I cannot boot into internet recovery mode either to install the OS onto my SSD. I've spent probably 4 hours trying different ways to get Mac OS Sierra, El Capitan, Snow Leopard and Lion installed onto my SSD via the App Store. I can begin downloads but they won't finish and the one time it did finish it said the file was corrupted and wouldn't let me install it.
-I've already formatted my SSD as a boot disk.
-I've already backed up my important files I want to keep to a USB.
-I've tried numerous troubleshooting forums and suggestions but because of the failing hard drive I'm unable to clone my files, unable to download the applicable OS from the App Store, nothing. The only option I have is to get the current hard drive out of there.
Question: Can I just go ahead and swap out my HDD to my new SSD, and go buy the disk of Mac OS Snow Leopard or Lion and pop it in to install it?