macbook air 2013 and mavericks install

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by TreRep, Oct 6, 2013.

  1. TreRep macrumors regular


    Aug 9, 2008
    Venice, ITALY
    hi i have a 2013 haswell macbook air

    i will install mavericks when it comes out

    how can i do it?

    do you suggest an upgrade or a clean install?

    i could restore to mountain lion from the recovery partition and then immediatly upgrade to mavericks...

    if i upgrade to mavericks my restore partition will be forever with mountain lion or will it upgrade also ?

  2. gr8tfly, Oct 6, 2013
    Last edited: Oct 6, 2013

    gr8tfly macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2006
    ~119W 34N
    First make sure all updates and firmware are current before proceeding. Check permissions using Disk Utility, Make a Time Machine backup. (If not, you can make a disk image "clone" backup while started up on Recovery Partition using Disk Utility's Restore function (making absolute sure your target is correct. Before starting a Restore, run the Disk First Aid "repair" on the target drive (your SSD)).

    Personally, I always like to have both types of backups completed before a dot update or an upgrade.

    Then, I would suggest doing an upgrade to Mavericks. I really can't remember a time where I've had any trouble with this method. However, with the backups, you can always start with a clean install, followed by a migration from your Disk Utility Restore image backup partition.

    There's not much downside to the upgrade route, since you always have the option of a clean install if you actually do run into issues.

    When installation completes, the Recovery Partition should have also been upgraded. I've been describing a typical Lion (10.7) or later upgrade or install, and haven't done a Maverick 10.9 myself. I can't remember anything about it which would change the above, but those who've gone through it already feel very free (and welcome) to correct me.

  3. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    The only piece of advice I'll give is make sure you have a backup of your system. If something unforeseen goes on and you lose your data, you'll have at least a backup.

    The odds of this occurring are remote but its always good to play it safe.

    I think with the past few versions of OSX, there's no issues with going the upgrade route.

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