8 Replies Latest reply: Jan 19, 2013 6:15 AM by Lanny
LaRizzo Level 1 Level 1

So I installed Mountain Lion a few weeks back. I just can't get used to it after using SL for 2 and a half years. Not that it's a bad OS, I just much prefer Snow Leopard. I don't want to start a debate, because it seems everywhere I go on the internet to find a solution to my question, not only does it sound like an extremely complicated process, but the Internet warriors come out and start arguing over the fact that some people just can't help but prefer SL. Is there an easy way to downgrade? Can I not just back up my stuff with Time Machine, wack in the old SL disc and go from there? Why is it such a complicated process?

 

Thanks in advance.


MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), 13", Mid 2010.
  • steve359 Level 6 Level 6

    The easiest way is to restore the backup you made before upgrading.

     

    If it was a clone, boot from that clone and clone-back after formatting the disk.

     

    If TM, use you install disks to format the disk and let the install process use the TM.

  • babowa Level 7 Level 7
    expertise.ipad
    iPad

    The "hangup" is that you cannot "simply downgrade" without erasing your drive.

     

    So, you need to erase your hard disk completely. In order to do that, you must be booted from another source - hence a bootable clone or original install disk is needed as you cannot erase the disk you are booted into.

  • William Lloyd Level 7 Level 7

    1.  There's not an "easy" way unless you erase your drive and then install Snow Leopard.  This will be time consuming if you don't have a clone backup like something from SuperDuper or Carbon Copy Cloner.

     

    2.  I wouldn't recommend "staying on Snow Leopard" as a long-term strategy.  Within a year, most applications updates will likely require 10.7+.  So be aware of this; if you're OK with the current versions of your applications and don't need or want updates or new applications you'll be OK, but computing marches on.

  • LaRizzo Level 1 Level 1

    Thanks.

     

    I backed up my machine using time machine (absolutely everything, the system folders and home folders, and whatever else it backs up. i.e. system preferences etc)

     

    Is this Time Machine backup considered a clone? If so, all I have to do is restart the Mac with my SL disc (which I still have from purchasing the machine), launch the Disk Utility and then erase the hard drive?

  • Lanny Level 5 Level 5
    expertise.macosx
    Mac OS X
    Is this Time Machine backup considered a clone? If so, all I have to do is restart the Mac with my SL disc (which I still have from purchasing the machine), launch the Disk Utility and then erase the hard drive?

     

    No, because you can't boot from it. You can boot from a clone. IMHO, that's why a clone is more valuable than a Time Machine backup.

     

    Another scenario: My MacMini's hard drive recently began to fail. I was able to use my cloned, bootable, external hard drive while waiting for delivery of my new replacement drive. If I had used Time Machine on the external drive, I would have been without a computer until the new drive was delivered.

  • LaRizzo Level 1 Level 1

    I understand. But I can boot from the Snow Leopard disc that came with my Mac can't I? Can't I do that, then restore my system using TM?