My 24-inch, Early 2008, iMac is getting old in the tooth. I’ve got 6GB of RAM, which I regularly max out. I’ve upgraded the HD to a Seagate Momentus XT 750GB hybrid drive. (Didn’t need the space, just wanted the speed boost from the solid state aspect.) I’ve kept the OS on my iMac at Snow Leopard (OSX 10.6.8) , but I’m at the point I can’t upgrade other stuff, immediately Lightroom to 5 and 1Password to 4. With the RAM compression and the few reports of older hardware not being bogged down by the new OS, I’m taking what I anticipate will be the final OS plunge (having skipped Lion and Mountain Lion) and upgrading to Mavericks (OSX 10.9). Aside from getting my Time Machine backups in good shape, I’m being forced to upgrade Parallels, though I swore to never give them money again. With this Parallels upgrade, I’m going to ditch my Boot Camp partition since I never use it; that is to say, I never boot straight into Windows without running OSX.
iMac Upgrade Log
Installing Adobe products: what a headache.
Decided my best strategy was to install my mix of Adobe CSX products oldest first. I’ve had trouble in the past, and, in thinking through the possible repeat problems, decided this should be the easiest.
- Adobe Premier Pro CS3
- Adobe CS4 Web Premium
- Photoshop CS5
- InDesign CS5
- Lightroom 5
Let’s hope for the best. I asked at Adobe Forums. The only answer confirmed that this is likely the best sequence.
Realized that I should have backed up my Boot Camp partition only after I could not find my Windows XP CD/DVD. Windows 7 won’t install without. I found my Windows 98 CD, so maybe that will be my upgrade path. Ug.
- Photoshop CS5
- InDesign CS5
- CS4 Web Premium
- Premier Pro CS3
Could not figure out how to deactivate Acrobat Pro 9 & Lightroom 3.
Hope all of that was not a mistake because Adobe has, since my activation, found another way to be an asshole corporation.
- Reformatted my iMac hard drive. One volume.
- Verify disk. All OK.
- Installing Mavericks, OSX 10.9.x
- Restoring from TimeMachine. First estimate: 45 hours to transfer my information from a Seagate GoFlex Home via ethernet.
- (Just remembered that I did not deactivate FinalDraft. Ug.)
- Check backups
- Deactivate Adobe products
- Format hd
- Disk Utilities on drive
- Install Mavericks
- Bring over user data
- Install software.
Upgrade to Parallels 9. Went pretty smoothly and quickly. I forgot that I’ve got problems with Windows 7 on this machine. service.exe crashes upon launch, and I can’t get into Windows 7 at all. Another TM backup. The next step is the big one: Boot to the flash drive, use Disk Utilities on that flash drive to format the hard drive, bringing both volumes in to one volume, then installing Mavericks. It’s a little scary because my MBPro is so unreliable.
Lightroom 5 DVD arrives and can’t be installed. It’s time for Maverics, which I’ve been mulling, but not moving forward on because all my time has been spent trying to keep my MacBook Pro alive. Formatted one of my Time Machine drives and got a fresh backup overnight. Deleted larger files and organized other larger files, mostly photos and movies. Reviewed installed apps to remove what’s not needed. Ran Disk Utility. This alone feels like it gave my system some zip. Created a boot installer for Mavericks on a “flash” drive. I formatted and used an SD card in a reader since I don’t have any 8GB flash drives.