9 Replies Latest reply: Mar 24, 2014 11:29 AM by ArtsyFartsy1000
ArtsyFartsy1000 Level 1 (0 points)

I have leopard 10.5 on my macbook-pro now, with my copy of adobe cs4 master collection.  Can I partition my drive and add a new os (mavericks/mtn lion) and keep my old leopard setup? Your help would be most appreciated.

 

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  • ArtsyFartsy1000 Level 1 (0 points)

    Can't tell if anyone see this question, bump* for good measure.

     

    I currently have Leopard 10.5 on my macbook-pro, with my copy of adobe cs4 master  collection.  Can I partition my drive and add a new os (mavericks/mtn  lion) and keep old leopard setup?

  • OGELTHORPE Level 8 (45,000 points)

    In theory it can be done if your MBP can handle Mavericks.

     

    These are the Mavericks System requirements:

     

    https://support.apple.com/kb/ht5842

     

    Read it carefully.  Note that there are hardware AND software requirements.

     

    Ciao.

  • ArtsyFartsy1000 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks that helps, I suspect though, I will have to get mtn lion on the new partition first then I can upgrade it to mavericks. The cutoff is snow leopard 10.6 and I have just plain 10.5 (leopard-cy) - To have application decay and be shunned from updates because of compatitibilty/limitation in software.

  • OGELTHORPE Level 8 (45,000 points)

    In order to install Mavericks, 10.6.8 or higher is a requirement.  Again, refer to the link that I provided to determine if your MBP is capable of Mavericks.  If it is, then you certainly can install it on a separate partition or even on an external HDD.  I have done so.

     

    Ciao.

  • ArtsyFartsy1000 Level 1 (0 points)

    I was talking with another knowledgable source on this matter, and they recommended that I use a boot loader for partitioining. - Which is another step in the process I was not aware of.

     

    Is there any OFFICIAL MAC endorsed, directions, reccomendations, or guides to performing this process?

     

    When I look at my hardware/software its all compatible, and everyone says it can be done, but I need a step by step tutorial to guide me.

  • OGELTHORPE Level 8 (45,000 points)

    ArtsyFartsy1000 wrote:

     

    I was talking with another knowledgable source on this matter, and they recommended that I use a  - Which is another step in the process I was not aware of.

     

    The term "boot loader for partitioining" is alien to me.  Without more details I cannot comment on that.

     

    Partitioning a HDD is done in Disk Utility>Partition.  When you have partitioned the disk, you may install Snow Leopard on the new partition.  Note you will need a Snow leopard Disk:

     

    http://store.apple.com/us/product/MC573Z/A/mac-os-x-106-snow-leopard

     

    After you have installed Snow Leopard,  you will have to perform a software update to get the 10.6.8 version (the disk is 10.6 3).

     

    Then you may go to the App Store and download Mavericks over it.

     

    Do have your user data backed up prior to doing any of this as a precautionary measure.

     

    Ciao.

  • ArtsyFartsy1000 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks again OGELTHORPE, but i can't find any specific directions on the process. The closest I could find was this:

    http://osxdaily.com/2011/03/12/how-to-install-dual-boot-mac-os-x-10-7-lion-and-1 0-6-snow-leopard/

     

    but obviously is for going from snow leopard to lion

     

    and this:

    http://installingcats.com/2007/11/06/dual-boot-os-x-leopard-tiger-105-104-instal lation/

    which is for going from tiger to leopard

     

    I am a little scared to go in to this completely blind and would like some specific directions/keystrokes to do. Should I insert the snow leopard disc after I have partitioned my leopard drive or should I insert the snow leopard disc and be promted to partition my leopard drive while it boots.

     

    Thanks! Your help is much appreciated.

  • OGELTHORPE Level 8 (45,000 points)

    First, do you have a backup of your user data?  If not please make one, two is better.  That way you may do this without becoming unnecessarily concerned. 

     

    Second, do you have the 'retail' Snow Leopard disk that I provided a link to?  When you get that, then I suggest that you start this process.  Note, any other 'gray' Snow Leopard installation disk will not work because they are model specific.

     

    The first link you provided (OSXdaily) is good in principle.  The second one is a bit dated and not as good as what I found.  Here is a link that describes just how to partition the internal HDD.  A couple of points:

     

    Select the HDD at the top of the left hand column.

    Note in the lower left hand corner is a ? mark.  If you get stuck or confused, that is the 'help' button.

     

    http://www.geek.com/apple/how-to-partition-a-mac-hard-drive-1482555/

     

    When you have partitioned the HDD, THEN you will install Snow Leopard using the white retail disk.  Insert the disk into the DVD drive holding the C key.  Follow the instructions.  Note that there will be a pane where you will be required to select where you want the Snow Leopard OSX installed.  Select the newly created partition.

     

    After the Snow Leopard OSX has been installed, you will have to go to Software Update (Click on the  icon in the left side of the menu bar).  The Software Update will update Snow Leopard from 10.6.3 t0 10.6.8. 

     

    Then you will create a App Store Account:

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4479

     

    If you already have an Apple ID (for iTunes), I suggest you use the same one.

     

    With the App store account you can select and download Mavericks from the App store.  Note that it is a download and does not use a disk.  A solid Internet connection will be required.  Again when installing Mavericks, choose the partition where Snow Leopard has been installed.  It will replace Snow leopard with Mavericks.

     

    Any questions, please ask.  Good luck.

     

    Ciao.

  • ArtsyFartsy1000 Level 1 (0 points)

    I am not able to successfully partition my drive.  I keep getting a warning that says "not enough room on device"

    I have 130gbs left on my 300gbs drive.

     

    I verified the disk and it said it was ok

    I ran the repair permissions, and it said it was ok, and did not allow me to select repair disk.

     

    Tried erasing anything and everything unecessary, and still keeps failing.

     

    What else can i do thanks?