Where to Download OS X 10.9.x Mavericks From?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by cherishzm, Jan 2, 2015.

  1. cherishzm macrumors regular

    Mar 13, 2011
    I own a 2012 rMBP 15 on OS X 10.9.5 with 256GB flash storage and just ordered a 512GB flash storage module that I plan to put in to replace the original 256GB with.

    I would like to keep my OS X version at 10.9.x and not update it to Yosemite yet due to compatibility issue with some software I use. I have the data backed up through CCC (Carbon Copy Cloner) and I'm planning to install a clean copy of OS X on the new flash module and migrate data from the CCC backup once OS install is done.

    Is there a safe place to download a Mavericks OS X dmg file from somewhere on the Internet?
  2. rigormortis macrumors 68000


    Jun 11, 2009
    did you purchase mavericks?
    - yes - you can download it from the mac app store , it should be in purchases. if your computer won't let you download it, because it is not compatible, you can borrow someone else's computer and sign onto the mac app store
    once it downloads you just drag "install os x . app" or whatever from applications to a usb key for safe keeping. or to make a install usb key

    did your computer come with mavericks?
    - yes, you just hold down "option command R" during boot and it will download mavericks over wifi

    - no , it will install whatever os x version came with the computer and you will have to upgrade it to mavericks some how

    do you have a time machine ???

    if you run time machine backups on Yosemite it might not allow you to restore to mavericks
  3. cherishzm thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 13, 2011
    Thanks for your reply.

    No, I did not purchase Mavericks but got it installed as a free upgrade (did not come with Mavericks) so I was wondering if it's available somewhere I can download it so I can keep the OS version.


    I did not purchase Mavericks, but I somehow found a downloadable OS X Mavericks installer file from under Purchase in App Store. Looks like I just need put the installer in a SD card or USB and install it on the new flash module.
  4. chrfr macrumors 604

    Jul 11, 2009
    If you got an upgrade from the App Store for it, Mavericks should appear in the Purchased section of the App Store for you.
  5. cherishzm thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 13, 2011
    Found I can still download OS X Mavericks from App Store under Purchases. I did not buy it but it shows up on the list of apps purchased and downloadable anyway.
  6. chrfr macrumors 604

    Jul 11, 2009
    Mavericks is free, so nobody actually bought it. Redeeming a free app counts as a purchase in the App Store environment.
  7. poiihy macrumors 68020


    Aug 22, 2014
    Getting any app, paid or not, is considered purchasing.

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