Mac Pro Quad With 10.11 - Can I Go Back To 10.8?

rickself

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Hello - I am in the process of purchasing a refurbished Mac Pro Quad (2012) that is pre-installed with OS 10.11. All of my software on my current Mac Pro Quad is running on 10.8. Question is - are there any hardware components that will dislike me reformatting the 10.11 back to 10.8? My software consists of CS6 and prepress software purchased through a business closing auction. Updates are difficult to come by - not impossible, just difficult. It would seem I could install or reformat a drive with 10.8 and it should take right off.
Thoughts?
 

Cheryl

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As long as you have a copy of the full 10.8 installer, you should be able to do it. You may get a warning, but that machine originally came with 10.7 and later 10.8.
 

rickself

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Another thought -
The refurbished MacPro is coming with 10.11 installed.
Everything I have read says that Adobe CS6 does not play well with 10.11, therefore I have no use for a startup disk with 10.11.
If I use my hard drive with 10.8 as the start up drive, could I not reformat the 10.11 drive using the disk utilities from the 10.8 drive? Then use migration asst to make a copy of the 10.8 Startup drive onto the newly reformatted drive??
 

SGilbert

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FWIW, CS3 still works with OS 10.12 (see a thread from a week or so ago); you shouldn't have any trouble with CS6.
 

Cheryl

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Migration assistant will only transfer your personal files and documents along with third party apps. It will not copy the OS system.
 

rickself

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Finally -
I've had my home computer at work for a month now and I have the system and applications set up really good for both worlds. If I were to create a DMG of my system disk and applications, will that create a clone of the original on a newly formatted HD? Next weekend I will be setting up my new used MacPro tower and want to keep it as straightforward and simple as possible. Granted a DMG of the system and applications will take some time but that could run overnight.
 

Cheryl

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You want to create a dmg bootable copy but where are you going to save it on? Wouldn’t it be easier to use an external drive and use Copy Cloner or Super Duper to make a bootable clone?
 

rickself

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You want to create a dmg bootable copy but where are you going to save it on? Wouldn’t it be easier to use an external drive and use Copy Cloner or Super Duper to make a bootable clone?
Hey Cheryl - yes, I found Carbon Copy Cloner right after I posted the question. Works really fast and very straightforward.
 

Cheryl

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I followed a thread on Adobe about CS6. There was nothing but problems with OS above Mavericks.

Remember that everyone has a different set up. I had read that it does work, but doesn't if you re-install it.
 
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