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Preparing for a future Mavericks upgrade

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Hello,

I am wanting to go ahead and get prepared for Mavericks when it is released. However, I have a few questions.

Right now I am using a 2012 Mac Mini with an old 120GB SSD in it. Before installing Mavericks I will be putting a new Samsung 840 into my Mini. I was wondering the best way to get my system back up and running after I install the SSD.

Would I be better off cloning my current SSD onto the Samsung then upgrading? Or should I install a fresh Mavericks onto the SSD then use my time machine to reinstall my programs and data? Will time machine actually reinstall my programs and stuff even if my last backup was on Mountain Lion? I'm honestly not sure how Time Machine works.

I guess my third option is to install the SSD and install each program one by one and copy all of my files off of my backup onto the Mini. I'm not really looking forward to that slow and tedious process though.

Thanks,

Han

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I'd say use time machine, but do a clean install, then click "transfer files from disk" at the relevant section of the installer, works fine for me

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Time Machine would be the simplest route IMO.  Shouldn't be a problem transferring from an earlier version to a newer version of OS X.  Should work fine.

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Clean install will always be the better solution.

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New SSD, Clean install, copy files over in folders and install apps one by one. Best way in my opinion, but "best" depends who you ask.

Is my method the easiest or quickest? No, but then again I don't know how long the time machine restores take.

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Just clean install Mavericks, then restore your files from time machine. Apple makes this a seamless transition.

 

Time Machine just transfers over your current User Data (settings etc.), Home folders, and Applications.

 

Only problem you could run into is if a program can't run on Mavericks yet, then you just wait for an update. Though I doubt that will be many, if any, unless the app is using it's own extensions or code injections.

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i usually do a clean install for all major point release upgrades. tedious i agree. but i believe it to be worthwhile to give the system a fresh start.

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i usually do a clean install for all major point release upgrades. tedious i agree. but i believe it to be worthwhile to give the system a fresh start.

Clean install, regardless of OS. Anything that is syncable via iCloud *is* synced via iCloud.  (i have a single iCloud sync set across ML and Mavericks - neither has any issue.)  Because of that, I have no need to use TimeMachine.

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Clean install, regardless of OS. Anything that is syncable via iCloud *is* synced via iCloud.  (i have a single iCloud sync set across ML and Mavericks - neither has any issue.)  Because of that, I have no need to use TimeMachine.

Unfortunately that won't do people who have more than 55 GB of valuable data on their primary partition much good.

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I personally do a clean install for every major upgrade. I don't even bother with time machine.

 

 - install OS

 - install Apps from App Store

 - install/sync dropbox

 

That's pretty much it. I store everything else on my NAS box - so I can do a physical clean install and be back up and running properly within an hour or so. On my iMac it's even faster - since most of the home folder is symlinked to my HDD which never gets wiped :P

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I personally do the above with Time Machine. It's pretty much what it's designed for :) 

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Clean install here.

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I'd always go for the the clean install and prefer to freshly install all the apps. And then sync all my personal data from my time machine backup! :)

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Can't Mavericks be released already!

// Shouldn't be here. I'm in vacations in Germany, geez! :P

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Unfortunately that won't do people who have more than 55 GB of valuable data on their primary partition much good.

If you have that much data on your primary partition, unless you are going to kill the partition, why move it?

 

Copy, yes - that makes sense, especially if you are going to make changes.  However, unless you are going to delete/kill that source partition, don't move it - that way you still have the original data, in case something goes applesauce.  (Mavericks is still in beta; like any MacOS beta - or even GM until the first combo update, something invariably WILL go applesauce.)

 

Not picking on Apple - I give (and follow) the same advice when it comes to Windows - or any other OS.

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