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Is there really no way to install rosetta on Lion?

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White-1 Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
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Apr 27, 2013 12:07 AM

Can't I install Rosetta on Lion somehow?

Do I really have to downgrade to Snow Leopard or there's an other way to install rosetta on Lion? I have Leopard and Snow Leopard disks. Can't I install any features on Lion?

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.7.5)
  • AnaMusic Level 9 Level 9 (55,165 points)
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    Apr 27, 2013 12:09 AM (in response to White-1)

    OS X 10.7 Lion does not support Rosetta.

     

    OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard was the last Operating System to support Rosetta.

  • Alberto Ravasio Level 4 Level 4 (3,160 points)
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    Apr 27, 2013 12:49 AM (in response to White-1)

    Well, if you installed Lion, you certainly have the media to install it again. So changing the hard drive shouldn't be a problem.

    As an alternative, you may use an external hard drive to put Snow Leopard and use it as you need it.

  • Alberto Ravasio Level 4 Level 4 (3,160 points)
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    Apr 27, 2013 1:32 AM (in response to White-1)

    No, you can't. You need a partition.

     

    But with 1TB free, you can use Disk Utility to resize the space to free up enough to be able to install SL.

    This is a non destructive operation, but never say never , you better have a copy of your data somewhere.

    What I am not sure of is, whether you can use the second partition that is placed after a first data partition, as a boot partition.

    If someone else here can confirm.

  • LowLuster Level 6 Level 6 (11,795 points)
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    Apr 27, 2013 4:56 AM (in response to White-1)

    I thought you said you only had 120GB. Now you say you have a 2TB drive with 1 TB free. Is that an external drive.

     

    But you can only install snow leopard if your system originally came with snow leopard or a previous version of os x.

    Newer mac computers can't use snow leopard as snow leopard doesn't have the right drivers for the new hardware.

    White-1 wrote:

     

    I have 2TB harddrive and 1TB is used. Can I installed Snow Leopard to some other folder, so I wouldnt lose my files or it'll earse all of my data?
    How to do it?

  • Alberto Ravasio Level 4 Level 4 (3,160 points)
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    Apr 27, 2013 5:11 AM (in response to LowLuster)

    If the signature of OP is correct, he has a MacBook. Latest MacBook ever sold was Mid-2010 (OS X 10.6.3).

    His, must be pre 2009, even though MacBook Alu, late 2008, can run Mountain Lion.

    I guess the 2TB hard drive is external.

  • LowLuster Level 6 Level 6 (11,795 points)

    Ok thanks. I'm new here and didn't realize that was where you looked.

  • LowLuster Level 6 Level 6 (11,795 points)
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    Apr 27, 2013 5:51 AM (in response to White-1)

    Well you can partition your external drive and install snow leopard on it. Then you can boot from it by holding down the option key at start up of select it from startup disk in system preferences.

  • babowa Level 7 Level 7 (22,095 points)
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    Apr 27, 2013 8:06 AM (in response to White-1)

    And I also cant run Rosetta (older apps that I've bought) on Lion.

     

    This has been a fact since mid 2011 when Lion was first introduced.

     

    I've maintained a bootable Snow Leopard partition since then because I use a PPC application occasionally.

     

    The process is quite easy - you can simply install it on a new partition on the external drive and boot into it when needed.

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