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Booting clone of older OS

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LouisLeLou Calculating status...
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Mar 15, 2013 5:47 AM

Hello there,

 

I'm currently in the process of saving for a new iMac. I work as a composer and musician and this is what my current 2008 Macbook Pro (updated to Snow Leopard) is primarily used for. When I bought my Macbook Pro I also purchased Logic Pro (8), and I don't really intend to upgrade to Logic 9 as none of its features are necessary for what I do, and to be honest I can't afford it.

 

After some research I've learned that Logic 8 won't run on Mountain Lion (if that'll still the current OS when I can actually afford the new iMac), so my question is, could I boot a clone on an external HD of my current system (which would probably just be a virtually empty system containing Logic and anything necessary for its use, I don't trust this MBP anymore to try to continue using it for anything important so I wouldn't want to try booting from its internal HD).

 

I've tried looking for other forum posts on this subject, which I kind of found, but no one really seemed to give an answer. The official Apple support says don't try to boot an older OS on your new Mac, but I would really appreciate knowing if this CAN be done, otherwise I can't work without spending a load of cash I don't have on a program I don't want!

 

Cheers,

 

Louis

MacBook Pro, Logic Pro, Logic 8
  • macjack Level 9 Level 9 (50,445 points)
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    Mar 15, 2013 6:13 AM (in response to LouisLeLou)

    LouisLeLou wrote:

     

    Hello there,

     

    so my question is, could I boot a clone on an external HD of my current system (which would probably just be a virtually empty system containing Logic and anything necessary for its use

    Usually, the earliest system Macs can run is the system that they shipped with. It probably won't work but there are some reports it has worked. I wouldn't want to take the chance without testing first. I wouldn't toss my old Mac until I was positive.

  • macjack Level 9 Level 9 (50,445 points)
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    Mar 15, 2013 6:45 AM (in response to LouisLeLou)

    According to this Logic Pro 8 will run on Mountain Lion.

    http://roaringapps.com/apps:table/tags/_l/index_tags/_l

  • macjack Level 9 Level 9 (50,445 points)
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    Mar 15, 2013 7:01 AM (in response to LouisLeLou)
  • Peter. Vandoorn Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Mar 15, 2013 7:22 AM (in response to LouisLeLou)

    You generally can't run one Mac from a cloned HD of another, especially if the Mac is significantly newer than the cloned. However, I do believe that it's possible to run the old clone as a guest OS in VMware Fusion, though I've never tried it.

  • Lanny Level 5 Level 5 (4,165 points)
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    Mar 15, 2013 8:13 AM (in response to Peter. Vandoorn)
    You generally can't run one Mac from a cloned HD of another,

     

    That's just not true. It's generally true, as you said, when applied to newer macs running older OS versions, but you can easily run clones of one Mac on another Mac.

     

    As reported earlier Logic Pro 8.0.2 is comaptible with Mountain Lion: http://roaringapps.com/app:1764

  • Lanny Level 5 Level 5 (4,165 points)
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    Mar 15, 2013 8:23 AM (in response to LouisLeLou)

    Once again, as an example, I have a MacBook Air, a MacBook Pro and a MacMini. They can all be booted off of each others clones because they are older macs than can run Snow Leopard, Lion and Mountain Lion, but a brand new, introduced in 2013, Mac that ships with Mountain Lion will most likely be unable to boot to a Snow Leopard clone.

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