Help ( How do I go about downloading OSX Mavericks )

helloshirosan

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I just bought a new late 2012 mac mini on Cyber Monday 2013 and just finished installing a Samsung 840 Pro 256gb SSD. Currently right now the SSD is a boot drive and running OSX Version 10.8.5 and I would like to update it to OSX Mavericks with a fresh new iCloud account. I don't need to migrate anything since I don't have anything to transfer. How do I go about downloading OSX Mavericks on to my SSD boot drive while keeping the secondary 1TB HD as a User Account Data storage drive?
 

nollimac

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I just bought a new late 2012 mac mini on Cyber Monday 2013 and just finished installing a Samsung 840 Pro 256gb SSD. Currently right now the SSD is a boot drive and running OSX Version 10.8.5 and I would like to update it to OSX Mavericks with a fresh new iCloud account. I don't need to migrate anything since I don't have anything to transfer. How do I go about downloading OSX Mavericks on to my SSD boot drive while keeping the secondary 1TB HD as a User Account Data storage drive?
Just go to the Apple's App Store...Mavericks is free to you there.
 

helloshirosan

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Thanks for your reply

Just go to the Apple's App Store...Mavericks is free to you there.
Do I need to specify where to put the downloaded file since I have a SSD for boot and a conventional HD for data storage? Right now OS Lion is running on my SSD so if I update will it automatically write over that and replace it with Mavericks?
 

helloshirosan

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You can download the installer to a thumb drive and load it to your spinner from that.
I tried putting the Installer on to my 16gb thumb and I keep getting a message that says the volume is too big and cannot be copied...There's nothing on my thumb drive. Do I need to install Mavericks from a Thumb Drive?
 

helloshirosan

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No, not at all. Good Luck and make that bootable thumb drive for future use.
Okay I will do that for back up. Just to be clear doing it the way I just asked...is that not a clean install? Keep in my this a brand new computer with no personal data on it and nothing that needs to be transferred from another apple device to this desktop.
 

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If I were to just go into the Apple Store as it prompts me to update to Mavericks....are there any cons doing it that way?
Okay I will do that for back up. Just to be clear doing it the way I just asked...is that not a clean install? Keep in my this a brand new computer with no personal data on it and nothing that needs to be transferred from another apple device to this desktop.
That is not a "clean install", but you don't really need one since you have added next to nothing on the disk anyway. The idea of a clean install is to wipe away all the junk and bad installs etc accumulated over the years. You don't have that issue, so there is no need to bother with a clean install.

Just DL Mavs from the App Store and let the installer run and it will install Mavs over top of Mountain Lion. If you intend to make a USB installer for later use, make sure you copy the Mavs installer (option drag) from the Applications folder to the Desktop before you run the installer, otherwise the installer deletes itself during the upgrade.
 

helloshirosan

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Thanks for your reply

That is not a "clean install", but you don't really need one since you have added next to nothing on the disk anyway. The idea of a clean install is to wipe away all the junk and bad installs etc accumulated over the years. You don't have that issue, so there is no need to bother with a clean install.

Just DL Mavs from the App Store and let the installer run and it will install Mavs over top of Mountain Lion. If you intend to make a USB installer for later use, make sure you copy the Mavs installer (option drag) from the Applications folder to the Desktop before you run the installer, otherwise the installer deletes itself during the upgrade.
Sweet! I'm up and running. Loving my new set up. Thanks for clearing all that up for me.
 

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