is it possible to "restore" a snow leopard machine to a lion backup?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by gnychis, Oct 17, 2011.

  1. gnychis macrumors 6502

    May 24, 2009
    Long story short. Here's the question.

    I have two MacBooks: one with Lion, one with Snow Leopard. I have a time machine backup of my Lion MacBook. Can I use this time machine backup to do a complete restore on my Snow Leopard machine bringing it to Lion with all of my settings and applications?
  2. Damers macrumors regular

    Jun 2, 2010
    Hopefully someone will correct me if I'm wrong, but I think you need to use migration assistant after you install lion, to bring all of your lion apps and settings to your SL machine. IIRC restore is machine dependent.
  3. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    SL and Lion

    Are two different animals (no pun intended) if you want to run SL on the one and Lion on the other I'm not sure Migration assistant will help.

    I'm sure others here will know more, but as I understand it both need to be running Lion?
  4. Sc00tr macrumors regular

    May 28, 2011
    he wants to bring SL up to Lion with all content.

    I would think that this would work if they were the identical Macs.
    You could also probably put it in disk mode and clone it.
    I have never done this, but i don't see why it would not work.

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