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mreese88 06-02-2014 01:31 PM

Maverick Upgrade
I downloaded Maverick yesterday but I hesitate to install it. Can I install on an external drive or does it require an internal drive ?

I'd like to install it and switch back & forth between it and my current OS ... 10.6.8 on my Mac Mini.

Are there any major drawbacks?

This all started when I tried to sync my iPhonw 5 to my iCal on myMac Mini.

Does anyone kow the size of the Maverick OS is?

harryb2448 06-02-2014 06:20 PM

As you need an 8GB USB thumb drive to burn Mavericks, obviously less than that ~ from memory about 5GB. As you have not supplied the specs of your Mini do not know if Mavericks will actually run. The 2009 Mini, model 3.1, will run Mavericks, and of course later.

mreese88 06-03-2014 03:44 PM

My Mac Mini is

Model Name: Mac mini
Model Identifier: Macmini3,1
Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
Processor Speed: 2 GHz
Number Of Processors: 1
Total Number Of Cores: 2
L2 Cache: 3 MB
Memory: 2 GB
Bus Speed: 1.07 GHz
Boot ROM Version: MM31.0081.B06
SMC Version (system): 1.35f0
Serial Number (system): YM9140581BU
Hardware UUID: 9EF83368-190E-5119-A452-E224F0D1FDC7

My internal drive has 26 GB available,

harryb2448 06-03-2014 05:38 PM

Your Mini can handle 8GB of memory and suggest increasing before even trying to install Mavericks. Whilst the specs do say minimum of 2GB you may well be disappoitted with the performance. Recommended memory here is generally OWC or Crucial. If you have an external drive and Snow Leopard backed up, I would do a clean install rather than an update. As an after thought, Mavericks OS X.9.3 running some photos in iPhoto, Office and normal software, no iTunes at all, uses up 47GB of hard drive space.

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