New Air, questions

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by alexis0070, Aug 16, 2013.

  1. alexis0070 macrumors newbie

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    Hi, new member here, got my i5/8/128 haswell MBA today. The Blackmagic disk test shows 306-317 Write and 717 Read. Is the write speed low? However the macbook seems to be ultra fast, with 16+ hours battery life by the virgin boot! No choppiness at all, may be a little on huge facebook scrollings :). The question is:
    Let's say I would like to install Mavericks soon. But I want to install software on here (Mountain Lion). Is there a way to move the software from MLion to Mavericks during the installation?
    Thanks, sorry for my English.
     
  2. Ronnoco macrumors 68030

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    Unless you do a "erase and install", all of your (compatible) software will transfer to Mavericks...you don't have to do anything.
     
  3. Dessureault macrumors member

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    your speeds are normal for a 128GB! enjoy your new MacBook! ;)
     
  4. alexis0070 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Is it better to do erase and install? Or just the same? Suggestions?
     
  5. Aylan macrumors regular

    Aylan

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    Just do an upgrade. OS X installs are very robust. Make sure to backup first!
     
  6. yliu macrumors regular

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    I don't think there will be any compatibility issues upgrading to Mavericks and you dont need to manually move any files. Everything is automatic, all your files will be untouched.

    I actually recommend you to avoid erase and install method. All it would do is wear the SSD.

    I got my iMac since Leopard (10.5) and made 3 OS upgrades to Mountain Lion and never lost a single file.
     
  7. DisplacedMic macrumors 65816

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    i agree with your advice but i don't think that wearing the ssd is a legitimate concern or should play into the decision on whether or not to do a fresh instal vs upgrade.
     
  8. fark macrumors regular

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    This is OSX, not Windows. An erase and install is a waste of time, but it's your time to waste.
     

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