Updating to Catalina over a slow internet connection

vandrv

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I just received my refurbished iMac and it came with Mojave installed. I would like to move to Catalina but when I started the process, it said the download would take eleven days. I know it won’t actually take that long but it has always. Been a very slow process. I have an old MacBook Pro that can’t use Catalina but I was wondering if there would be some way to download to it on a faster connection and transfer it to the iMac?
 

Weaselboy

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I have an old MacBook Pro that can’t use Catalina but I was wondering if there would be some way to download to it on a faster connection and transfer it to the iMac?
If the older MacBook is not compatible with Catalina, the App Store won't let you download it.
 

vandrv

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It isn’t Catalina compatible, but I was hoping there might be a way around it.
 

vandrv

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Unfortunately, I don’t seem to hang with the MAC crowd.:(
 

vandrv

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So, just one more question, is there any way I can download this update over a period of days a bit at a time? It seems that if I try to pause the download, I have to start over
 

CoastalOR

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It isn’t Catalina compatible, but I was hoping there might be a way around it.
Take a look at this thread for some possible help:
 

Weaselboy

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So, just one more question, is there any way I can download this update over a period of days a bit at a time? It seems that if I try to pause the download, I have to start over
I don't think it will let you pause and resume, but you could leave the Mac on full time for days to let it complete.
 

Fishrrman

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Be happy that you CAN'T download Catalina.
Stick with Mojave right now -- MUCH better.
 

vandrv

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I don't think it will let you pause and resume, but you could leave the Mac on full time for days to let it complete.
It would be nice if you could. It is extremely frustrating to get five or six hours int downloading and lose your internet connection.

Be happy that you CAN'T download Catalina.
Stick with Mojave right now -- MUCH better.
I've heard that.
Unfortunately, for several reasons I have decided to return the iMac and replace it with a MacBook Pro. So I guess I will be getting Catalina whether I want it or not.