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Worth upgrading to Mountain Lion or stick with Snow Leopard?

3581 Views 43 Replies Latest reply: Jan 8, 2013 9:43 PM by babowa RSS
  • clintonfrombirmingham Level 7 Level 7 (26,655 points)

    With CCC all you have to do is restore one drive from another, after reformatting the drive to which you want to 'clone'. Download it and have a look at it - I believe that there's a 14-day free trial. The interface is quite easy to understand. And, it will backup recovery partitions, as well: something that other cloning software won't do.



  • babowa Level 7 Level 7 (22,015 points)

    ML does not introduce any advantages in those areas that I've noticed; most new features are cloud/iDevice related. You can check out the features here:



    Having said that, since ML is the second new OS since Snow Leopard, you will find that support for SL and its applications will slowly fade away. But, if you're happy with it and it does what you need to do (including the apps), and you do not need or care about any of the new features, there is no reason to upgrade.

  • babowa Level 7 Level 7 (22,015 points)

    You better read up on the icloud stuff - it is not a backup service; think of it as more of a "messenger" ferrying your data (only some apps) and photos to your iDevices and vice versa (a.k.a syncing). Also, keep in mind, that online servers can and will get hacked into - personally, I do not trust any of them, so I would not store anything I do not want to lose or sensitive private/financial information. When I did a fresh install of ML, I found iCloud had synced my Contacts without my input, knowledge, or consent during the initial setup even though I had skipped establishing an account. The result was that I tried to open my Contacts app on my iMac and found it completely empty; I had to boot into my Lion volume and retrieve them to re-import them into my ML Contacts. Just a tad annoying, I'd say, especially since I could not send an email (using Mail) without manually typing in the entire email address.

  • babowa Level 7 Level 7 (22,015 points)

    Depending on which model year your Mac is, you may need to upgrade that as well at some point; I purchased a (new to me) top of the line refurbished 27" i7 from Apple earlier this year (oops: make that early last year, LOL) purposely: it's a machine that originally came with SL, so it can run that as well as Lion, Mountain Lion, and possibly what ever comes after that. Its' Applecare runs through March 2015 - not bad for a mid 2010 machine. Also consider the new iMacs being introduced now - no optical drives, so there is more to consider than "just" the OS.

  • babowa Level 7 Level 7 (22,015 points)

    When you get your Mac, I'd suggest you call Apple and ask which build yours originally came with - as Lion was introduced mid 2011, there are some machines which can still boot in SL if they were made right around the time Lion was introduced. See this for general reference:



    If you can confirm with Apple that yours originally came with SL, you could try if you want to spend $20 on an SL install disk....... If that could work, you could have two partitions on your hard drive: SL and Lion (or ML). I've got three....

  • babowa Level 7 Level 7 (22,015 points)

    But you do have to check with Apple on the original build number (which determined the OS version). You will then need to make sure you make a bootable clone of your system first because you need to be able to recover if necessary and boot from another source. I've read a couple of different posts here - one stated that it would work by booting from a clone, erasing the hard drive, reformatting it and then clone back your OS to one partition and install SL on the other. Also read in another post that this did not work for someone, but they were able to install SL on an external hard drive. So you may have to experiment - the first hurdle however is the build/OS the machine came with. Good luck with that!


    I use SL occasionally for a couple of PPC apps with features which I cannot find a suitable substitute for.

  • babowa Level 7 Level 7 (22,015 points)

    Nah, not at all scary. With the new delivery method of digital downloads for the OS, I would suggest making a bootable clone copy of your system fresh out of the box. That way, you'd have a pristine clone to restore/recover without having to download the large 4 GB installer again.


    So, once you'd have the bootable clone, you can erase your internal drive - no harm done because you can clone it back in very little time. I've gone through it several times.


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