Can I go back to Snow Leopard?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by natejohnstone@g, Aug 22, 2011.

  1. natejohnstone@g macrumors regular


    Jan 6, 2007
    So I hate Lion. Hate everything about it. It won't push audio properly to my receiver, my battery life is down 40%, and my wife absolutely HATES the grey finder color scheme with a passion (late 2010 13" MBP used primarily for media and internet). iPhoto '11 is also much less stable.

    I"m wondering if I can go back to Snow Leopard or not. I did a TM backup immediately before I upgraded to Lion.

    But here's the issue: my iPhoto '11 library has been "upgraded" now for Lion. Is it even possible to go back to iPhoto '09? My iPhoto library is very large (46k items) and stored on an external drive, and it was not part of my TM backup prior to installing.

    Any help? Thanks gang.
  2. gumblecosby macrumors 6502

    Jun 22, 2010
  3. chillvisio macrumors member


    Jul 16, 2011
    Sure you can if you still keep your pre-lion backup.
    How about the iPhoto library, I hope that this information would be of some help for you to extract/backup the pictures folders from your iPhoto library and import them back after upgrading to Snow Leopard.

    A Snow Leopard 10.6.5 (hate the App Store thing on my desktop) user is wishing you good luck ;)
  4. natejohnstone@g thread starter macrumors regular


    Jan 6, 2007
    Thanks for this, I'll look into it! I'm mostly concerned about my iPhoto library.
  5. Comeagain? macrumors 68020


    Feb 17, 2011
    Spokane, WA
    If you mean you don't like the App store on your dock, then just remove it. Its not stuck there permanently like in iOS.
  6. chillvisio macrumors member


    Jul 16, 2011
    I do not like it as a Dock icon, Application, Apple menu item and storeagent service :) Removing it from my Dock is an easy half-solution for all this hate :D No other way to beat it completely than to just ignore the 10.5.6+ upgrade. MacUpdate is just enough for me when/if I am looking for an application.
  7. blackomega31 macrumors member


    Aug 6, 2011
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    This thread is music to my ears. More power to those that understand that lion has failed. If they could have made it purely a backbone update like snow leopard was it would have been great but nothing they changed in the UI was good

    It really bugs me how people dissed snow leopard because of how it didn't change much. IMO I think it took leopard that was almost perfection and perfected it. Snow leopard was the best piece of software apple ever produced. And I will stand by it. As I have stated in other forums if apple wants to follow this road they have chosen. Making an operating system that is on par with something fisher price would produce. I'm done with them. And the day that I am forced to upgrade to lion because of some new feature that only lion supports. I will be going back to windows. Cause I would rather have to have to deal with antivirus and .dll files then this lion (kitten) crap
  8. MartiNZ macrumors 65816


    Apr 10, 2008
    Auckland, New Zealand
    To be fair, Leopard had nested sorting in Dock stacks over SL. SL broke that all on its own. But otherwise you are spot on.
  9. MACza macrumors member

    May 10, 2011
    I am SO glad I resisted the urge to upgrade to Lion. Still happily running 10.6.8 and can see NO compelling reason to upgrade to Lion.

    Will wait until all the crap is sorted out and then re-evaluate further down the line.

    As it looks now, I will only upgrade once I am forced by the apps I am using to upgrade to Lion - fortunately nothing on the horizon yet...

    EDIT: People who purchased Lion that are unhappy with it must PLEASE vote it down on the AppStore. Hopefully that will force Apple to at least LISTEN to the valid complaints from users in order to make Lion a great OS.
  10. Jagardn macrumors 6502a

    Apr 18, 2011
    You know Lion isn't going anywhere. Just come to reality, sell your Mac, get two Windows PC's and be twice as happy.
  11. baryon macrumors 68040


    Oct 3, 2009
    This is why I hate all photo applications that force your pictures into a Library.
  12. chillvisio macrumors member


    Jul 16, 2011
    The same goes to iTunish-like apps for me :)

    I assume that you are kidding. Windows PCs work just better with GNU/Linux or FreeBSD :p
    My only reason to go from a Linux PC to a Mac was the user-friendly desktop environment which I did not had with Linux. However three years after my shift, most open source desktop environments are even more intuitive than before... even the Magic Trackpad works like a charm there with all of its gestures while the same is completely broken with Windows.
  13. gumblecosby, Aug 23, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 23, 2011

    gumblecosby macrumors 6502

    Jun 22, 2010
    The backup will revert all your files (as in system files and applications) to the state they were at in your backup. iPhoto will be reverted to the version in your backup and your iPhoto library will also be reverted and work fine.

    The iPhoto library that is stored in the Pictures folder is just a bundle folder containing all you photos. If you right click it and select "show package contents", you will find a folder containing all your pictures in their original form.
  14. NickAndopolis macrumors newbie

    Aug 24, 2011
    Will the process be the same for a time machine backup created on an old Macbook running Snow Leopard to a new Macbook Pro with Lion? The Lion machine is still new in box and has never been turned on if that changes anything. Thanks.
  15. gumblecosby, Aug 24, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 24, 2011

    gumblecosby macrumors 6502

    Jun 22, 2010
    I remember cloning my macbook Leopard installation to my Dell vostro using carbon copy cloner.

    Using time machine may not work for your macbook pro as you need to boot from the snow leopard install dvd to restore a Snow Leopard time machine backup. Your macbook pro might not be able to boot the install dvd.

    One method that -might- work would be to take the hard drive out of the macbook pro and put in into an external usb closure. Then use carbon copy cloner to clone your macbook hd to the usb drive. You should also restore your Lion install image to a partition on the macbook pro hard drive. When you finish copying it put the hard drive back into the macbook pro.

    Boot from the Lion installer you restored to the macbook pro hard drive and then use the terminal to bless the copied snow leopard install that you also put on the HD to make it bootable.

    Of course if you try this , back up everything on the macbook pro before doing anything in case you want to restore your laptop to its original state.

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