Downgrading to Leopard (Not Snow Leopard)

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by lzooml, Jan 26, 2012.

  1. lzooml macrumors newbie

    Jan 21, 2012
    This Lion thing is extremely unstable and I got lots and lots errors I have never experienced with any OSX version. So, definitely want to get rid of this OSX and switch back to Leopard, but not snow leopard.
    All the threads I found on google are regarding downgrading to snow leopard.

    Ain't it possible to downgrade to leopard without any data loss, as if I'm upgrading to lion from leopard (I did this and found everything as I left)
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Back up your computer, repartition, reformat, and reinstall Leopard from scratch.
  3. lzooml thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 21, 2012
    Yeah that's an obvious solution. However I'm not able to back-up my documents, since I have no external HDD with free space. So, looking for a way to do it as downgrading.
  4. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    I would absolutely never suggest upgrading or downgrading an OS without having backup copies of all your files on an external drive.

    So even if there was a way, you still shouldn't do it until you buy a new hard drive.

    And if you're already having to buy a hard drive anyway, well then go ahead an follow maflynn's advice.
  5. SRLMJ23 Contributor


    Jul 11, 2008
    In between Syracuse, NY and Albany, NY
    There is no way to downgrade to Leopard except by reformatting and starting fresh. Why don't you want to try Snow Leopard, it's extremely stable and its a great OS.
  6. jameslmoser macrumors 6502


    Sep 18, 2011
    Las Vegas, NV
    I don't think there is a way to downgrade to snow leopard in place either... its the same thing.
  7. 0dev macrumors 68040


    Dec 22, 2009
    External HDs are very cheap, can't you pick one up to back your data up? Having a backup is good practise whether or not you're changing OS anyway.
  8. Krazy Bill macrumors 68030

    Krazy Bill

    Dec 21, 2011
    During the upgrade, Lion converted all of your email in order to be compatible. I don't think you can "downgrade" your email if you go back to SL much less Leopard.
  9. tyrell456 macrumors member

    Dec 28, 2011
    Salt Lake City, Utah
    1) Not only should you get an external drive for backup anyway (they're incredibly cheap nowadays), there also is no way to downgrade an OS without completely formatting the drive and installing a fresh OS. So if you want to go down from Lion, you're going to have to get an external drive to back up to anyway.

    2) Why Leopard? I can understand if you don't like Lion (though I personally love it, I fully understand why others don't), but why are you insisting Leopard over Snow Leopard? Snow Leopard essentially is Leopard but better optimized and faster. There really are no advantages that Leopard holds over Snow Leopard.
  10. lzooml thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 21, 2012
    Well, it's plain to see, no need to think complicated.
    I don't have Snow Leopard but Leopard. They don't hand out Snow Leopard for free, right :)

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