3 Replies Latest reply: Aug 12, 2011 5:38 PM by Kappy
rochelle236 Level 1 Level 1

I stupidly (now after a lot of research) installed lion over my main drive, and now my mac is running funny, safari is different, I cannot load my security and privacy preferences pane (and having fraudulant activity on my visa so extremely worried with this one) and other things, generally I just do not like it and wish to go back to snow leopard.  I do not have a time machine but will purchase an external hard drive if someone can verify it will save all my programmes eg microsoft word and ps 5 (which were given to me so cannot reinstall from a disk) and I can reinstall them on snow leopard.  Iv found the only way I can reinstall leopard is to wipe everything - like when I first brought this mac, so this information is critical.  copying all my files, photos etc is fine, but all the year I have spent getting extra programs is the thing Im worried about the most!!

iMac, Mac OS X (10.7)
  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10

    Because you cannot downgrade from Lion without first erasing the drive, then you must make a backup of your files and plan to reinstall your third-party software.


    Downgrade Lion to Snow Leopard


    1.  Boot from your Snow Leopard Installer Disc. After the installer loads select your language and click on the Continue button.  When the menu bar appears select Disk Utility from the Utilities menu.


    2. After DU loads select your hard drive (this is the entry with the mfgr.'s ID and size) from the left side list. Note the SMART status of the drive in DU's status area.  If it does not say "Verified" then the drive is failing or has failed and will need replacing.  SMART info will not be reported  on external drives. Otherwise, click on the Partition tab in the DU main window.


    3. Under the Volume Scheme heading set the number of partitions from the drop down menu to one. Set the format type to Mac OS Extended (Journaled.) Click on the Options button, set the partition scheme to GUID then click on the OK button. Click on the Partition button and wait until the process has completed.


    4. Quit DU and return to the installer. Install Snow Leopard.


    This will erase the whole drive so be sure to backup your files if you don't have a backup already. If you have performed a TM backup using Lion be aware that you cannot restore from that backup in Snow Leopard (see below.) I suggest you make a separate backup using Carbon Copy Cloner 3.4.1.


    If you have Snow Leopard Time Machine backups, do a full system restore per #14 in Time Machine - Frequently Asked Questions.  If you have subsequent backups from Lion, you can restore newer items selectively, via the "Star Wars" display, per #15 there, but be careful; some Snow Leopard apps may not work with the Lion files.

  • rochelle236 Level 1 Level 1

    Im sorry but a lot of this is all too technical I need simple mac user terms.   I have tryed partitioning my drive and it would not let me, comes up with error.  I still want to know if backing up everything will keep my programs and why security preferences tab will not open.  then I am happy to wipe and start again.  I do not have time machine

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10

    "you must make a backup of your files and plan to reinstall your third-party software." From my earlier post.


    If this is too technical for you to handle then take the computer to an Apple retailer and pay them to do it for you. They can even transfer your files to another disk drive for the backup.