New Air, questions

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

  1. alexis0070 macrumors newbie

    Aug 16, 2013
    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


    Oct 16, 2007
    United States of America
    Unless you do a "erase and install", all of your (compatible) software will transfer to don't have to do anything.
  3. Dessureault macrumors member

    Oct 18, 2011
    Shawinigan QC
    your speeds are normal for a 128GB! enjoy your new MacBook! ;)
  4. alexis0070 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 16, 2013
    Is it better to do erase and install? Or just the same? Suggestions?
  5. Aylan macrumors regular


    Jun 3, 2013
    Just do an upgrade. OS X installs are very robust. Make sure to backup first!
  6. yliu macrumors regular

    Jun 15, 2009
    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

    May 1, 2009
    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

    Aug 13, 2013
    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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