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    What to do before upgrading to macOS Catalina ?
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    What to do before upgrading to macOS Catalina ?
    Well folks the time is here, apart from the obvious decision whether to upgrade yet or not what should we do before upgrading if that's what you decide to do?
    I know what I have done, I'd love to compare notes with everyone else.
    If you have a checklist that is specific to this upgrade please post it here.
    I will compile a list of my own actions so far and publish it here today as soon as I think its complete.
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    What to do before upgrading to macOS Catalina ?
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    1. Backup
    2. Test the backup
    3. Examine software for 32 bit (I used Go64, worked pretty well).
    4. Replace 32 bit, or if you cannot, decide if you need it or not.
    If you need it, stop.
    If you don't need it:
    5. Download installer
    6. Make bootable installer or at least copy the installation file to someplace so you won't have to download again.
    7. Install (Nuke/Pave is best, but overwrite might do as well)
    8. Test, test, test.

    EDIT: I'm stuck at 4. I have a printer driver that has ONE component that is 32 bit so I cannot move forward until the vendor gets an update out. The printer is a critical component of my wife's business, so we wait.
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    What to do before upgrading to macOS Catalina ?
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    I'm also stuck at number 4 Jake. I've been promised an update to 64 bit on the one app that I need. So far it looks like I'm in a "holding pattern". (familiar term for you old air jocks. LOL)

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    Yeah, and I hated holding patterns then, too!
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    When there is an OS upgrade, I:

    Download the upgrade. Before the install, I run Time Machine.
    Then I disconnect unneeded drives/accessories. Like I disconnected the TM drive and my second monitor for the upgrade.
    Then I run the installer, and upgrade the OS in place. In a month or so, I will do a nuke and pave, install just the OS, then use MA to bring over what I need.

    I have no apps that I need to have 64bit. I have winOS computers I can use if needed to print, so I can wait for the Epson update.
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    What to do before upgrading to macOS Catalina ?
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    I like your list Jake. I can't emphasize steps one and two enough. It's always best to discover a problem with your backup before the upgrade rather than after. I'm often a bit less cautious than you are so I've been burned once or twice by clones that weren't bootable.
    “Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard.”
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    What to do before upgrading to macOS Catalina ?
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    I have no apps that I need to have 64bit. I have winOS computers I can use if needed to print, so I can wait for the Epson update.
    During the last Public beta to Catalina (#10) I received an update for Epson printers. I suspect that Epson updates are available for Catalina. As you know, Epson does not provide the update directly but it goes through Apple.

    I have Catalina installed on a fast USB-C/TB3 SSD. I'm going to update the beta profile to "default" this evening and install the final version of Catalina. However, my iMac internal SSD will still run Mojave until I can get an update to the one app I need.

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    What app are you looking for Charlie?

    My MB Pro is too old for Catalina so I'll be keeping it around to run the Logitech Harmony setup software for their remote. I've also got one other piece of software I use regularly that isn't 64-bit. Everything else I can do without.
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    What to do before upgrading to macOS Catalina ?
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    Thanks everybody, the points tally with what I have done so far. I'm sure they will be of value to anyone who reads this post.
    ferrarr I kinda like your idea of upgrading, running it for a month or so then using the saved installer to perform a clean instal. I probably wouldn't have thought to use Migration Assistant to import my data though. Why do you do that, what are the advantages/disadvantages?
    I would tend to use my CCC backup or, I had toyed with the idea of using TM this time.
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    What to do before upgrading to macOS Catalina ?
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    What app are you looking for Charlie?
    I need an update to CrossOver. CrossOver itself is 64 bit, however, when trying to run a 32 bit Windows app from CrossOver, it won't work with Catalina. CodeWeavers (the developer) has told me that they should soon have an update to CrossOver which will be able to run 32 bit Windows apps from Catalina.

    I have the final version of Catalina installed to my external SSD but am keeping Mojave on my iMac SSD. Right now I see nothing earth shaking about Catalina that I really need.

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    What to do before upgrading to macOS Catalina ?
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    What to do before upgrading to macOS Catalina ?
    Thanks everybody.
    Maintainence and malware searches completed.
    Only 32bit app on board is Quick Look which I assume will be upgraded with the OS as its native.
    TM backup and CCC clone updated so Catalina installer copied to 2XEHD’s.
    Am installing the upgrade now in situ and I will consider a clean install in maybe a month after the inevitable updates have been applied. I did do a clean instal of Mojave recently so shouldn't be much old baggage.


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    What to do before upgrading to macOS Catalina ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rod View Post
    I probably wouldn't have thought to use Migration Assistant to import my data though. Why do you do that, what are the advantages/disadvantages?
    I would tend to use my CCC backup or, I had toyed with the idea of using TM this time.
    The only reason I do that, is because I don't use the clone apps. TM does all I need. Nothing I do, right now, is mission critical.
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    What to do before upgrading to macOS Catalina ?
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    Another thing is that in any of those versions of the Mac OS did I see something I must have, and the same is true with Catalina.

    I guess it's lucky with your usual meticulous and thorough backup and OS installation that you didn't bother doing so with the latest Catalina version as the developer of SuperDuper has not even authorized the use of SuperDuper with the latest Mac OS version.

    PS: That's an excellent idea of waiting until at least the first .1 MacOS update. And maybe by then, the developer will have SuperDuper updated and compatible.


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    What to do before upgrading to macOS Catalina ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ferrarr View Post
    The only reason I do that, is because I don't use the clone apps. TM does all I need. Nothing I do, right now, is mission critical.
    Okay, I get it. I did wonder after I asked, like maybe you don't use a clone. Can I ask, other than TM do you have any other bootable sources? I had my bacon saved recently, as you may have read, by a macOS bootable installer on a USB thumb drive. I've become a bit of an advocate for the idea. Cheap (free if you have a spare thumb drive), portable and very effective even if it's a backdated OS.


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    What to do before upgrading to macOS Catalina ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rod View Post
    Okay, I get it. I did wonder after I asked, like maybe you don't use a clone. Can I ask, other than TM do you have any other bootable sources? I had my bacon saved recently, as you may have read, by a macOS bootable installer on a USB thumb drive. I've become a bit of an advocate for the idea. Cheap (free if you have a spare thumb drive), portable and very effective even if it's a backdated OS.


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    Yes Rod, I have a bootable installer of Mojave, because I haven’t made the one for Catalina yet. But I can do it tomorrow, if I remember. I always have one ready to use, and I have all the installers from Yosemite onwards.
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