Regressing from Mojave to Snow Leopard

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  1. Crowbot macrumors regular

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    I have a 2015 Mac mini that I upgraded to Mojave. It runs but very slowly. I'd like to go back to Snow Leopard, which will also get me back fax modem support. There's nothing on the mini so I just need to wipe the drive. I have the Install DVDs. But I apparently need to make a boot device (thumb drive, etc.) to wipe it back to the old file structure. Any advice would be appreciated. TIA.
     
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    There is no such thing as a 2015 Mac mini, you may have bought a 2014 mini in 2015. It is either a late 2014 or a 2018. There was nothing in between. A 2014 or a 2018 will not install Snow Leopard, the OS is too old to run in a 2014 or 2018 natively. The earliest OS that the 2014 will support is Yosemite (10.10). The earliest OS that the 2018 will support is Mojave (10.14). The newest Mac mini that will support Snow Leopard is 2010.
     
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    Wow did I get that wrong. Sorry. It's an A1347 Mid 2010. And it's running 10.13, not Mojave.
     
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    OP:

    Before you "go all the way back", have you given consideration to an "intermediate version" of the OS, such as El Capitan?

    El Cap was a very good version of the OS.
    You can get a copy here:
    https://itunes.apple.com/app/os-x-el-capitan/id1147835434?mt=12

    I would suggest creating a bootable USB flash drive installer using DiskMaker X.
    Then wipe the Mini and reinstall that way.
     
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    Thanks for the info. I figured on Snow Leopard because I have the disks but I’ll go pick up ElCap and DiskMaker.
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    I’ll take a look. Thanks much.
     

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