Three way OS X install conundrum

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  1. R3k macrumors 6502a

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    Hi Guys.

    Im booted into Yosemite on a 2013/14 Mac Pro, and I'm trying to install Mavericks onto an external USB volume that currently has a Mountain Lion on it.

    Unfortunately the Mavericks installer gives me the error "Install OS X application is too old to be opened on this version of OS X"

    Is there any way I can accomplish this task?

    I can't seem to boot into the Mountain Lion volume on the Mac Pro btw, guess its too old an OS?
     
  2. DeltaMac macrumors 604

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    Make a bootable installer from your Mavericks installer app.
    Apple has a page to tell you how to do that through the terminal.
    Or, a simpler method is to use an app to create a bootable partition or external drive.
    I like to use an 8GB flash drive, or just a separate partition on an external hard drive. Here's an app that I have used successfully for a couple of years: http://diskmakerx.com/whats-this/

    Mavericks will be fine on your 2013 MacPro, but not Mountain Lion. The new MacPro shipped with Mavericks, but Mountain Lion is too old.
     
  3. R3k thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Great, thanks for your advice. Ill look into this :)
     
  4. R3k thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah this did the trick. Had some separate issues doing the install on an external USB drive, but sorted things out when I used a FW800 chassis instead.

    Ty
     

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