Check to make sure your applications are compatible. PowerPC applications are no longer supported.
Your Mac needs:
- OS X v10.6.8 or OS X Lion already installed
- 2 GB or more of memory (More is better - 4 GB minimum seems to be the consensus)
- 8 GB or more of available space
Do a backup before you install Mavericks just to make sure you can recover if something goes wrong.
Thanks so much Eric That helped!
I did check the apps in my computer for compatibility. Most of them are either Intel or Universal. Only a bunch of printer firmware (I no longer use this printer) are Power PC apps. So, I believe the remaining apps will hopefully work fine. (Though some of them have a "No" for the Intel 64bit .. guess I'll have to upgrade these after Mavericks is installed).
Regardnig a system backup - I do have my MAcintosh HD being backed up to another disk using Time Machine. I believe this should suffice? I have some additional disks (Lacie - for video editing etc) and hopefully Mavericks should be able to mount and access these as usual. I do have some fo the important stuff being backed up using "Get Backup Pro". Hopefully the iMovie and FCP events residing on these disks will still be usable. FIngers crossed.
Thanks again for your timely response.
You are welcome. Two backups are better than one as hard drives fail. You can make a bootable clone also.
Clone - Carbon Copy Cloner (Often recommended as it has more features than some others)
Thanks again Eric! You've pointed me to some very important links/discussion-threads here...and the upgrade has started looking scary now!
I read the write-up on the Carbon Copy Cloneer website - http://www.bombich.com/get_ready_for_next_os.html
and was further pointed to these pages:
From these discussions the upgrade to Mavericks doesn't look like a flawless affair yet.
I am not an advanced user.. could not understand what's meant by third-party disk utlity drivers/software. (Also, couldn't understand te RAID info mentioned in the Apple Discussion thred mentioned above)
I have the following the disks mounted to my iMac presently and all of these were formatted using Apple's Disk Utility app and no third party software was ever used to manage/encrypt the same:
- 1 TB WD external HDD (mounted via USB)
- 2 TB Lacie d2 Quadra (mounted via Firewire 800)
- 320 GB Lacie d2 Quadra (mounted by daisychaining to the above mentioned Lacie drive via aFirewire 400/800 connecter)
- 3 TB Seagate HDD (mounted via USB) (Full system backups and Time MAchine backups)
- and ofcourse the Macintosh HD
Seeing all those discussion threads etc so far I could understand that it would be better/safer to stay with my current Snow Leopard setup itself..and perhaps go for a newer Mac machine down the line when it becomes inevitable (or better..an iOS device !)
Thanks for your time Eric. Helped me alot.. iAppreciate