upgrading from snow leopard 10.6.8 to mavericks - do I need to save documents and photos etc first or will they transfer with the upgrade?

  • Asked about:  Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard

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    The upgrade should leave everything intact, but make sure you have an up-to-date backup anyway, just in case something goes wrong.

  • Upgrading the Mac OS will not affect your data files (documents, photos, etc).

    However, a back up of your files prior to doing the upgrade would be prudent.

    You may also wish to check that all of your current applications, drivers, etc are compatible with Mavericks before doing the upgrade.

    When doing a major OS upgrade, I usually make a clone of the partition containing the old OS, and then upgrade one of the two clones. To make a clone, use Disk Utility to make a new partition, format the new partition as Mac OS Extended (Journaled) with GUID option, then use Disk Utility to "RESTORE" the old partition to the new partition. Then start up from the clone you wish to upgrade to Mavericks.

    You will end up with a system that can Start Up from either Snow Leopard or Mavericks (simply hold OPTION key at Start Up to choose). This allows you to test all your applications and drivers in Mavericks and if something doesn't work correctly, you have option to start up from Snow Leopard at any time to run the application or driver. (I do this for a scanner that has no driver update past OS 10.6.8. When I need to make a scan, I start up with Snow Leopard. When done with making the scan, I start up from the newer OS to continue working.)