2 Replies Latest reply: Nov 19, 2012 8:46 PM by Kappy
jpilson Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I am currently running Snow Lepard OS and creating Time Machine backups.  If I install the Lion OS, could I use Time Machine to go back to the Leopard OS if I did not like Lion.  I would think I could, and it seems like a stupid question, - but I figure I better ask someone.


I realize I can not use Lion backups after I go back to Snow Leopard, -but thats OK



MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • AnaMusic Level 9 Level 9 (57,085 points)

    Would suggest a Bootable Clone Backup of your current Snow Leopard Drive...


    On another External Hard Drive...


    By far the easiest way to make such a Backup, is to use something like


    SuperDuper  http://www.shirt-pocket.com/


    or CCC  http://www.bombich.com/



    That way, should anything untoward happen during the Upgrade or you want to go back from Lion...


    you will NOT LOSE ANYTHING.



    (Get an EHD that is at least equal to your current Drive...)



    Also, Check here for compatibility of 3rd party Software you may be using...



  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (262,895 points)

    Yes, but only if you do not use Time Machine after installing Lion. If you did then you would have to restrict restoration to your Home folder.


    If you install Lion but leave your Time Machine drive disconnected, then you are OK to do a full restore from your Time Machine backup.


    If you have a spare external drive or a 16 GB USB flash drive you could install Lion on it so you could get the feel before deciding to upgrade your system. You could also shrink your computer's HDD to create a second partition on which to install Lion.