is there anywhere that I can download this and make a bootable thumb drive installer

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  1. Sossity macrumors 6502a

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    I notice the app store only offers the latest OS for free download, which is now Yosemite, but I would like Mavericks as well, but I don't see it in the app store.

    I noticed that I tried downloading the mavericks installer once before to my hard drive, but when I go to my applications list, and under the tab of size, there is just a white bar, like when something is being downloaded. All the other installers; Yosemite, and mountain lion appear normally, with their sizes listed.

    Did something go wrong with the installer? that is why I am asking where I can download it to see if I can get a clean right download.

    I also notice on the launchpad icon on my dock, there is a faint white bar across the lower half, like when there is a download, is this normal?
     
  2. Bruno09 macrumors 68020

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    Hi,

    did you "buy" Mavericks on the App Store ?

    If yes, it should show up in your "Purchased" tab (App Store).
     
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    Sossity thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, it is among my purchases, and it had a paused note on it, so I clicked on resume, signed in with my apple id, but got a message that it was temporarily unavailable and try again some other time.

    So now my launchpad and in my apps this mavericks download is stuck with a grey progress bar semi permanently on my mac.
     
  4. Bruno09 macrumors 68020

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    This is what happens after a new OS release (Yosemite).

    We have had the same problem when Mavericks was released : Mountain Lion was "temporarily unavailable", then a few weeks later it was available again.
     
  5. tywebb13 macrumors 68020

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    Mavericks is still available in the mac dev center, but only to developers.
     
  6. m4v3r1ck macrumors 68020

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    TIP!: copy the installers/updates to an external HDD/SSD

    After having downloaded any release of OSX and/or combo updates copy the installers/updates to an external HDD/SSD in separate (clean) folders .

    This way the Mac App Store will never overwrite the release in the folder "applications" with a newer one.

    Always handy-candy when having the need to downgrade! :cool:

    Cheers.
     
  7. Sossity thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I tried looking at my app store purchases on my laptop running yosemite, and notice by the maveriks the button was to download, and not paused like on my desktop. I did not try to download yet, I have contacted apple support about this through my email, so I will se what they respond with.
     
  8. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    If you go into your local Apple Store and ask nicely they can put the image Onto a thumb drive for you as they keep local copies.
     
  9. tywebb13 macrumors 68020

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    Further to this tip, DISCONNECT the hdd/ssd before downloading a new one. The mac app store detects old downloads wherever they may be on your system and may overwrite it - even if it is on an external hdd or ssd!

    I go even further than that and burn them to bluray. Twice!

    You may not have to go to that extreme. But I do it just in case I forget to disconnect.

    I learned the hard way. I once downloaded one without disconnecting and it overwrote an old one on the external hdd. Luckily I was able to get it back from a time machine backup, but that won't always work.
     
  10. m4v3r1ck macrumors 68020

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    Oke, never heard of MAS searching so deep into your system, as for external devices too! Would MAS update all like says 1000 copys of an OSX release on a external HDD/SSD????

    Thanks for the heads up!
     
  11. tywebb13 macrumors 68020

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    No. It won't update all of them, but it may update 1 of them.

    The expectation is that when you download a full installer it goes into your applications folder by default. But that is not necessarily so. It may replace one on your external drive with a newer one - without warning!

    So best to disconnect it to thwart this.
     
  12. grahamperrin macrumors 601

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    Before trying again …

    With Finder: if you see a partly downloaded installer at
    /Applications
    then whilst it's paused in App Store, use Finder to trash the incomplete item.

    Then restart OS X.

    Then, do try again some other time.
     
  13. m4v3r1ck macrumors 68020

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    Thanks for your insights! Cheers
     
  14. Butchie-T macrumors regular

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    If you ever find it, please let me know

    I find myself in the same predicament. I wanted to create a USB Mavericks Boot Disk and have tried to find a full blown copy of 10.9.5 installer but cannot get it anywhere.
    I have opened an AppleCare case and that went nowhere. So I called my local Apple Retail store and they would not accommodate my request either. They ended up referring me back to AppleCare.

    While I understand the App Store not wanting to offer Mavericks any longer, there is no good reason why it cannot be made available to those that would like to have a copy of the installer so they can make external boot drives if they would wish to.
     
  15. m4v3r1ck macrumors 68020

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    What OSX release was originally installed on your Mac?
     
  16. Butchie-T macrumors regular

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    Mavericks 10.9.4 is my original install OS
     
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