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Contact - EveryMac. Hosted by site sponsor MacAce. OS X Also see: What is "AirDrop"? Which Macs are compatible with the "AirDrop" technology? In most cases, a clean re-install will eliminate other potential issues. Yes, that can be done, and there are multiple ways of doing that depending on what kind of backup you have or the type of data that needs to be backed up.

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If you have a bootable backup of SL before upgrading to ML, you can then restore ML by cloning it from your backup drive to the boot disk. Of course you should back up all of your updated data files separately before rolling it back and then restore them accordingly. See also — http: You may also want to install SL on a 2nd partition if you have the room on your drive, see instructions here — http: Perhaps I should have removed theMt.

I do have Leopard and Snow Leopard install disk. I suppose I could erase the drive and install Snow Leopard only. What do you think?

That way I could have the best of both worlds chocking on the second half of that world being Mt. Have you tried putting it into one of the other free drive slots?! Since you do have available drive slots, the best is to preserve the one with ML, and install SL to a new drive. That way, you can select which OS to boot as needed. I thought it should work fine but not so. If you are able to install and mount the boot drive from your Mac Pro to your Mac Pro, you should be able to boot it up by holding down the OPTION key while booting and select the boot drive!

Give it a try! I can mount it, access files and run zoos, built will not boot.


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I was booting from it in my Mac Pro. Jeff I wish to thank your for your help. This one was slow to boot the first time to SL. But after repairing permissions and defraging with iDefrag it boots as it did on old Mac Pro. Windows 8 is actually less resource intensive and will run smoother on lessor hardware than Windows 7. Apple is doing this simply to make more money.

Apple wants your money. Forced obsolesce business model means you need to drop big bucks every few years to stay in the Apple cool kids club. Legacy Hardware? Let me quote this previous poster: Vista, Win7, and Win8 are all supported running on a wide variety of hardware.

But after he died and the management changed, yeah this is too far. Your Lion requirements are complex to a fault.

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Well then, Apple and linux use kind of the same open source apple is closed source with open source components thing. Thats why there are no or less viruses for Apple and linux because of their open source. Hackers find it hard to make viruses for it. Hey so you suggesting that if Snow leopard cannot be upgraded to prevent possible viruses, then we should get windows to get sure viruses?

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How come those who cannot upgrade just buy Panda or norton for mac? Los Angeles Police Department still uses below windows me xD and besides beating people up with sticks they are doing fine. The author is talking about HOME users, not corporate. I believe the early iMac is M-capable it qualifies as Mid or newer , so that appears to be an error here. Would you happen to know where I can find the Lion software? Please help. Thank You.

With 3 Gigas of ram and Gigas hard disk. Apple must think more on hardware requirements like Windows instead models themselves. However, Apple has very sneakily put some sort of I think… firmware instructions to DIS-allow anybody to install Linux on this model…. As it happens to a lot of people — though not to your degree… Apple is doing this simply to make more money. There are ways to salvage your data and transfer to a PC box.

This truly sucks this happened to you. You are clearly doing something wrong.

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The only reasons why I can think of you not being able to install it would be that your internet connection sucks and you cannot download the installer, or that your hard drive is either formatted without journaling or using the APM partition scheme. Apple does not abandon machines that are less than two years old, that is simply false. But now Apple left me in the dark since my Mac cannot run Lion or Mountain Lion, ; the bad part is I cannot afford a newer Mac right now.

I concur with Ryan, I received the update as well.

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Yeah I tried Mountain Lion for over 6 months and just could not wrap my head around it. Snow leopard lets me work the way I want to work…to a degree…. But FACT is it will be supported for years. Just like XP has been supported over the years with only a recent announcement of the end of support for XP think about how old XP is…seriously.

What a bogus statement. Maybe if you actually supported Macs on a daily basis and got to see what kind difficulties users experience when they have an older machine, you would change your mind. For obvious reasons you could see why there would be necessary hardware improvements needed to take advantage of services like iCloud, FileVault 2, Airplay Mirroring, multiple Time Machine backups, Dictation, Notification Center, Full Screen apps, etc.