Can You go Back and Forth between SL & Lion using Time Machine?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by wase4711, Aug 16, 2011.

  1. wase4711 macrumors regular

    Jan 30, 2009
    Well, yesterday, I decided I had had enough of Lion; not really Apples Fault, but, between the lack of drivers for some peripherals,(HP Printers/Scanners), and other reasons already covered here, I decided to go back to my perfect SL Time Machine Backup; I inserted the Snow Leopard Disk, booted from it, and restored a back up from a few weeks ago...Worked perfectly, except the "On My Computer" emails did NOT show up in SL mail; I tried restoring 3 different email back ups I had, but I could not get the "On My Mac" folders to show up. I keep tons of important business emails there, so, I decided I had to go back to Lion..
    I re-inserted my SL disc, booted to it, and, once again restored, via time machine, but this time from SL to Lion...
    Everything worked perfectly, and my email was back where I expected it!

    point of the story is, you can easily go back and forth from Lion to SL, if you have enough backups on your Time Machine drive; you just might not get everything back the way you expect it in Snow Leopard if you do!
  2. Young Spade macrumors 68020

    Mar 31, 2011
    Tallahassee, Florida
    Yes? If the machine came with SL, you can easily just clean install back to it from Lion or restore from a TM. That's nothing new.

    What everyone "well not everyone, everybody who doesn't want Lion) hates is that, if the machine is "new" and ships with Lion, you cannot go back to SL.

    If the Mac doesn't have the drivers for SL (new Mac Minis/Airs/newer Pros) you cannot go back to it; you aren't given SL disks either.

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