Get Ready for Mavericks
Mavericks is here, but are you ready? OS upgrades offer the thrill of new features, better performance and bug fixes, but they can come at a price — your time and potentially your productivity. If you upgrade your OS only to discover that a critical third-party application or peripheral doesn't work right, you could be really lost when you discover that it's impossible to downgrade to a previous OS. Unless, that is, you have a complete, bootable backup of your Mac, pre-Mavericks.
A note of caution if you have a third-party disk configuration utility installed on your Mac: CNET has reported a Mavericks-specific problem with some external hard drive enclosures configured with third-party disk utilities. These problems are unrelated to CCC, but due to the nature of these reports, we are recommending extreme caution when upgrading your system to Mavericks if you have a third-party disk configuration utility installed on your Mac. Please see this Apple discussion for additional details.
Update your Mac
In order to upgrade to Mavericks, you must be running OS X 10.6.8 or later. Even if you are running 10.7 or 10.8, Apple recommends running Software Update to check for any available updates before upgrading.
For some additional tips on preparing your system for Mavericks, we recommend reading the Macworld article Get your Mac ready for Mavericks (OS X 10.9).
Make your bootable backup
- Get a backup disk. If you need advice, we offer some here in CCC's documentation
- Prepare your backup volume for an installation of Mac OS X
- Download CCC and fire it up
- Choose your startup disk in the Source menu
- Choose your backup volume in the Destination menu
- Click the Clone button
- Sit back and watch the fastest cloning tool on Earth
Once your clone is finished, test that your drive is bootable by selecting your backup disk as your startup disk in System Preferences and then restarting. Don't forget to change your startup disk back and restart after you test!
Upgrade to Mavericks
Download Mavericks from the App Store.
Apple describes updating to Mavericks in this article.
Install! Play! And make sure everything is working...
Take some time to run the applications that are most important to you. Remember that Mavericks doesn't support PowerPC applications, so fire up the Apple System Profiler and see if any of your applications won't work.
If things look pretty good, detach your backup disk from your Mac and set it aside for a couple days. If, after a week or so you decide that everything is copacetic, fire up CCC and re-run the backup task with the same settings — CCC will update your backup volume with only the items that have changed since your last backup.
If you have to downgrade, here's what you need to do
- Attach your CCC backup disk to your Mac
- Open the Startup Disk preference pane in the System Preferences application
- Choose your backup volume as the startup disk, then click on the Restart button
- Ah yes, there's your old Mac, everything in order! If you need to get real work done, go right ahead. Anything you modify on the backup disk will be restored later.
- Launch CCC
- Select your backup volume from the source menu
- Select your Mavericks volume from the destination menu
- Stick with the default preset, "Temporarily archive modified and deleted items"
- Click the Clone button
When the restore process has completed, reset your startup disk in the System Preferences application and restart your Mac. You'll be back to your previous OS in no time! It'll be like putting on an old, comfortable pair of shoes that were just sitting there in the back of your closet, waiting for you to come home.
We're here to help
If you get stuck or need some advice, you can get help right from within CCC. Choose "Ask a question" from CCC's Help menu to pose a question to our Help Desk.