Updating issues.

Discussion in 'macOS' started by pim16aap2, Mar 30, 2013.

  1. pim16aap2 macrumors newbie

    Oct 29, 2011

    I'm currently running Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Server on my Macbook Pro 5,5, and I would like to update to Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion (Not the server edition!).

    When I downloaded Mountain Lion, however, after telling it to proceed and restart to install it, it told me that I could not install it on this version of Mac OS X. I was thinking that I might have to install OS X 10.7 Lion first, but I'm afraid that after installing that I still can't update to Mountain Lion and I really don't want to either be stuck on Lion or have to say goodbye to all my files once again.

    So, would there be a way to install it that can't get me stuck on 10.7 Lion?

  2. benwiggy macrumors 68020

    Jun 15, 2012
    A MacBook Pro 5,5 is within the system requirements for Mountain Lion. I'm not sure why you can't install it, unless it doesn't like having a Server OS version on the disk.
    You may have to follow the instructions for making an installer flash drive (get an 8Gb flash drive; take the disk image from inside the installer app; restore the image using Disk Utility onto the flash drive). Many websites have th efull details.
    You will then have to boot to the flash drive, erase your internal disk and install the OS from scratch.

    You won't "say goodbye to all your files" (again), because you have a backup. Once you've installed the OS, you can then migrate your files, apps and settings from your backup using Migration Assistant.
  3. pim16aap2 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 29, 2011
    Thank you for your reply, but I've already solved my issue.

    The issue was that I hadn't updated my system for quiet a while (I could not restart it, so I could not update it), which I hadn't thought about.

    Sorry for wasting your time.


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