Is there a way to get back to Mavericks?

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  1. DJTaurus macrumors 65816

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    I haven't made a backup....

    Recovery mode now installs only Yosemite (CMD+R)

    System doesn't let me to create a bootable with Mavericks....

    Any other solution ?
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    You'll need to download the Mavericks installer from the app store, make usb boot drive from it, boot up from that, repartition the drive and reinstall.
     
  3. DJTaurus thread starter macrumors 65816

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    i go to app store-> purchases and click to download mavericks

    but it doesn't let me .... i click ok and nothing happens


    Screen Shot 2014-07-27 at 2.09.13 PM.png
     
  4. pmau macrumors 65816

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    Yosemite updates the recovery partition to use its version on restore.
    You can install the version of OSX your Mac originally shipped with using the Internet Recovery. Not the Recovery Partition.

    EDIT:

    Try Option Clicking
    If that doesn't work and you have no external drive, you are out of luck.

    PS: People can do however they please. But an external USB drive costs next to nothing, is bootable AND has enough space to at least hold one backup of your system without your /User folder. I don't get it.
     
  5. Roller, Jul 27, 2014
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    Roller macrumors 68020

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    I don't know of any other way, either. But before you do that, you'll probably want to copy data and anything else you want to save to another drive.

    (Just read pmau's post - if you can use Internet recovery, that would leave your data and other stuff intact.)
     
  6. maflynn Moderator

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    Agreed, in fact I think you need to back up your data before any system upgrade, such as installing Yosemite. I should have posted that a backup should be taken before any work on the drive.
     
  7. deviant macrumors 65816

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    install from cds you received with your mac and then update. and man, time machine's been there for like what, 6 years? cmon now!
     
  8. maflynn Moderator

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    Macs haven't shipped with CDs for years now, its possible the OP has a newish Mac.
     
  9. DJTaurus thread starter macrumors 65816

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    So you are telling me that whoever installed Yosemite and hasn't make a backup apple DOESN T LET him to go back to Mavericks.

    Apple has also updated the recovery system with yosemite... there is no way to install mavericks from recovery... yosemite erases the preinstalled mavericks on recovery.
     
  10. Julien macrumors G3

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    Apple Support and Feedback:

    What if I have problems running the pre-release software?

    Always back up your computer before installing pre-release software. If you need help returning your Mac to a shipping version of OS X and restoring from your Time Machine back up, you can call AppleCare to speak to a support specialist, or reference online documentation....If you must remove the beta software from your computer, you will need to erase, install, and restore the Time Machine backup of Mavericks that you created before you installed the OS X Yosemite Beta......

    FACT: No one should ever use any computer, smartphone or tablet without proper backups, and if installing beta software I would have at LEAST 2 backup plans.
     
  11. laurihoefs macrumors 6502a

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    The installation instructions on the beta seed page tell you to make a Time Machine backup, and also instruct how to restore Mavericks from that backup.

    If you don't have a Time Machine backup, you have two fairly easy options.
    1: install the version of OS X that your computer was shipped with by using Internet Recovery (hold Cmd+Opt+R while booting)
    2: download the Mavericks installer from Mac App Store, and make a USB installer with DiscMakerX

    Either option will also create a working Mavericks recovery partition. But you'll probably have to erase the whole disk with Disk Utility before you can go through with any of the options, as Mavericks seems to have issues with the logical volume Yosemite creates. So make sure all your files are backed up.

    If you are having trouble downloading Mavericks from MAS, you can try to:
    -check for unfinished downloads (Menu Bar -> Store -> Check for Unfinished Downloads...)
    -sign out of MAS (Menu Bar -> Store -> Sign out), and log back in again
    -create a new local user account and try downloading
    -create a new Apple Account and try downloading
     
  12. kappaknight macrumors 68000

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    If you don't know what you're doing, don't play with beta software.
     
  13. DJTaurus thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thank you so much.

    I was trying to get into internet recovery with cmdR but it needed cmdoptionR.

    Another bug I found on Yosemite is that when I copied iTunes media folder from time machine to the Yosemite iTunes media folder not all of my stuff of movies and tv shows appeared on iTunes....
     
  14. stix666 macrumors regular

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    I have a slightly different problem. I installed Yosemite on another partition/ disk drive in my Mac Pro. I want to reboot into Mavericks on another drive now. If I select that drive in 'startup disk' (which for some reason now has a question mark over the icon in system preferences), the computer reboots and starts up the Yosemite installer again.

    Any ideas how to fix this?
     
  15. Fishrrman macrumors G4

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    Well, hate to tell you this, but...

    ... you should have made a BACKUP first.

    Go forth, and learn...
     
  16. BasicGreatGuy Contributor

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    In Yosemite > startup disk > pick Mavericks > reboot holding down option key. All partitions should be visible now.
     
  17. stix666 macrumors regular

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    Thanks

    Unfortunately, it doesn't work. Booting with the alt key held down results in a grey screen (no apple logo visible). No partitions, no text, nothing. The pointer arrow is there and the trackpad can move it.

    What this means is I end up having to go through the Yosemite installer and reelect the Yosemite partition from there. Still no way to boot up my Mavericks partition
     
  18. BasicGreatGuy Contributor

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    I said option key not alt key.
     
  19. stix666 macrumors regular

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    I know but there's no option key on my wired apple keyboard (UK). I think alt is the equivalent, sited between the command and ctrl keys.
     
  20. laurihoefs macrumors 6502a

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    Which are the same key :)
     
  21. stix666 macrumors regular

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    Gah this is turning into a bit of a nightmare.

    I deleted the 'install Yosemite' file from the partition Mavericks is installed on. Tried booting into that partition. I get some kind of kernel panic (image attached) then black screen, then a splash screen 'your computer restarted because of a problem....' Then back to the kernel panic.

    Trying to safe boot causes a hang with the progress bar stuck
    Trying to boot with alt/ option causes the problem stated above (grey screen)

    So now I can't boot into mavericks or Yosemite

    Anyone got any bright ideas how to fix this?
     

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  22. cjmillsnun macrumors 68020

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    The option key IS the alt key.
     
  23. Willis macrumors 68020

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    You have to do a clean install from this point. If you have a backup, then cmd+alt(option)+r to get to internet recovery. Erase and install.

    If you do not have a backup but have an external drive, same process, go to terminal, type in

    sudo ditto -V -v /Macintosh HD/Users/*home folder name* /*external backup name*

    It's possible you might need to install an OS onto your external first then follow those steps because it asks for the user password to be entered. I can't recall if its the same from recovery
     
  24. stix666 macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the tips Willis.

    I lucked out. I put the original install DVD that came with the Mac Pro - a bit tricky as it wouldn't stay open.
    That allowed me to select 'startup disk'. The Yosemite partition didn't show, but I had a 10.8.4 install on another partition. Booting onto that allowed another startup disk, this time with the Yosemite partition showing

    I've given up trying to boot into the mavericks partition. Will back up the data off that and stick with Yosemite for now. It seems pretty good and works with all my programs. I think I should have booted into the partition I reserved for Yosemite prior to downloading it - I think the download changes the boot loader of the partition in use at the time of download.
     

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