I know this has been beaten to death, so please excuse my unfamiliarity with the subject. Most of the threads I've read through are a few years old — I'm wondering if anyone has recently found a way to downgrade to 10.9 without Time Machine? I understand that in order to install Mavericks from Yosemite or El Capitan, the Macintosh HD volume must be wiped clean first. I also understand that in lieu of a Time Machine backup, the only other option is to create some other sort of backup and manually replace everything post OS installation. I wouldn't mind doing that, BUT I would love to have some kind of backup where all of my applications and their respective folder structures and file paths are kept intact. The one thing I'm dreading about reverting to 10.9 is having to download and re-install everything; most of the applications I use for work depend upon a host of third-party plugins and scripts, and many of their folder structures/file paths have remained the same since much earlier versions of OS X. It'd be really cool if I could simply copy and paste from an external drive, as having to reinstate all of this would be a nightmare. Again, pardon my inexperience here, and thanks in advance for any suggestions!!