Hi, been awhile since I've done a new installation or reinstall on any of my machines and just needed a refresh on a couple of things. I have a Mini quad i7 -2012 - that my studio needs to run Mavericks on, for a certain piece of 'legacy' software that won't work well with newer OSX. The machine's been on 10.8.5 for a long time and I've never downloaded Mavericks so I can't get it from the App Store but I know there's a way to make a bootable installer disk with a USB stick. Question. I want to back up all data that now exists using Carbon Copy Cloner - as good as anythying I guess. (I am not a bit Time Machine fan and generally haven't used). If I do not do a Clean Install, I presume that I would then boot from the Installer disk, install, then reboot into the new Mavericks OSX, and should find all my data intact, right? Meantime, as far as the CCC clone, that can't be restored back to the Mini if the OS is newer, right or no? Hope this q makes sense.. Just wanna have this all straight and not lose access to data by doing something careless. THANKS!