How do I install Mavericks from Yosemite?

DaveOlden

macrumors member
Original poster
Jul 23, 2014
38
0
Victoria, Canada
I am intending to install Mavericks on an external volume, but Yosemite won't let me mount/launch the "Install OS X Mavericks" installer.

Just gives me this message.

---------------------
This copy of the Install OS X application
is too old be opened in this version of
OS X.
[Quit]
---------------------

There *must* be way to install Mavericks on an external volume, but I am stumped.

(BTW, I have fully transitioned to Yosemite, and all my boot volumes are 10.10. And the only Mavericks installer I have is the one I re-downloaded from the App Store.)

Anybody know how to solve this?
 

DaveOlden

macrumors member
Original poster
Jul 23, 2014
38
0
Victoria, Canada
Since I posted this question... I downloaded DiscMakerX... and have just booted off the resulting thumb drive...

Let's cross our fingers... here goes...
 

Sirious

macrumors 65816
Jan 2, 2013
1,460
2,461
United Kingdom
I am intending to install Mavericks on an external volume, but Yosemite won't let me mount/launch the "Install OS X Mavericks" installer.

Just gives me this message.

---------------------
This copy of the Install OS X application
is too old be opened in this version of
OS X.
[Quit]
---------------------

There *must* be way to install Mavericks on an external volume, but I am stumped.

(BTW, I have fully transitioned to Yosemite, and all my boot volumes are 10.10. And the only Mavericks installer I have is the one I re-downloaded from the App Store.)

Anybody know how to solve this?
I wanted to do the exact SAME THING!!
Got the same issue, and the only way was to boot from the drive. After which, I was able to successfully install and run Mavericks on a second partition :)
 

DaveOlden

macrumors member
Original poster
Jul 23, 2014
38
0
Victoria, Canada
And happy to report: success!

I downloaded DiskMakerX (one version previous to current), made an installer USB stick, using a 16GB stick. I then installed 10.9 onto a partition on an external HDD.

I moved the 5GB "Install Mac OS X Mavericks" file to that Mavericks partition, and (while booted into 10.9) installed 10.9 onto a 32GB USB stick.

So: success twice, thanks to DiskMakerX! :)
 

2tallyAwesome

macrumors regular
Jan 16, 2007
194
52
I booted from a external SSD, and then cloned via CCC to the internal SSD. You also have to clone the recovery partition, which CCC will prompt you to do when you clone over the Internal.

Now my 2014 Macbook Pro, which shipped with Yosemite, is on Mavericks.
 
Register on MacRumors! This sidebar will go away, and you'll see fewer ads.