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audax2
16th May 2013, 04:45 PM
Hi guys

In August last year I bought a mid-2011 iMac i5 2.7. I used Migration Assistant to import all my applications and files from my old iMac, which was running Snow Leopard, to the new iMac.

I now wish to downgrade to Snow Leopard as my main OS on the new iMaC, but I need to retain access to Mountain Lion by running it as a virtual machine, using Parallels 8 running in Snow Leopard.

I have partitioned my internal HDD into two volumes, one running Snow Leopard, and the other running Mountain Lion. Both volumes are backed up to external HDDs

I know how use Parallels to create a new virtual Mountain Lion machine in Snow Leopard.

What I canít figure out, despite some hours searching, is how to move the applications and files from my physical Mountain Lion volume to the virtual Mountain Lion volume.

Specifically, I need to know the following:

(1) How to install the software that is included with a new Mac, e.g. iTunes, iPhoto, etc.

(2) How to install Apple or third party software that was purchased on disk.

(3) How to install Apple or third party software downloaded from the internet.

(4) How to move all the files from the original ML installation to the ML installation running in Parallels.

(5) Whether there is any way some or all of the above can be done by using Migration Assistant?


Thanks

Allan

rpjallan
17th May 2013, 01:28 PM
Sounds like a lot of trouble to go to. Is there any particular reason for doing all this?

audax2
18th May 2013, 06:51 PM
Sounds like a lot of trouble to go to. Is there any particular reason for doing all this?

There are a few reasons.

(1) I have a couple of thousand MS Word for Mac documents dating from 1992 to 2013. The older ones cannot be opened at all in Mountain Lion; the newer ones open in "compatibility mode". I need guaranteed access to these documents. The only simple way to be sure of that is to keep a Mac running Snow Leopard.

(2) After 8 months of using Mountain Lion, I still really dislike the iOS style interface. The reasons are broadly the same as those set out here <<http://gizmodo.com/5819418/mac-os-x-lion-this-is-not-the-future-we-were-hoping-for>>. (This refers to Lion, but most of the issues apply to Mountain Lion as well.)

(3) A few years ago I bought a top of the line Canon flatbed scanner, a 9950F. This scanner cannot be used with Mountain Lion, as Canon has not issued a Mountain Lion compatible scanner driver. This is not Apple's fault but I don't feel like paying $300.00 to Canon for a new Mountain Lion compatible scanner.

(4) The only reason I need to keep using Mountain Lion is that to use Dragon Dictate 3 for the Mac, which will not run under Snow Leopard. I could do this by dual booting, but changing start up disks every time I write a letter is a real nuisance.

smithjw
18th May 2013, 08:02 PM
Pretty sure you can get Snow Leopard Server running in a VM. Alternatively, why not run ML, track down a windows pc or create a Win VM and update all the old docs to the new format. There must be a batch converter out there somewhere.

audax2
18th May 2013, 10:06 PM
Pretty sure you can get Snow Leopard Server running in a VM. Alternatively, why not run ML, track down a windows pc or create a Win VM and update all the old docs to the new format. There must be a batch converter out there somewhere.

Thanks for your suggestions.

You can definitely run SL server as a VM, but I want as SL my primary machine, not as a VM.

Your second suggestion is a possible solution, but see my second reason for not wanting to use ML.