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Shawn MarshallSnow Leopard - World of Hurt?
by on Mar 26, 2011 at 2:45:34 am


I've been thinking about updating the OS on my 2008 Mac Pro from 10.5.8 to Snow Leopard, but I'm somewhat hesitant due to all the reports of problems I've read. I primarily run AE CS4 and CS5, Cinema 4D R12, Lightwave 9.6 and the latest version of Final Cut Studio, whatever that is.

I have no super-pressing reason to upgrade, which is why I've waited so long. I'd like to check out the App Store, but that requires Snow Leopard. I also wanted to run a demo of Maya, but you need Snow Leopard for that too. I don't HAVE to run either, but it would be nice to.

If I do upgrade I was going to clone my current system drive, then install Snow Leopard. I'd rather not start with a clean install since I have a lot of applications and plugins I'd have to reinstall, but I'd consider doing that if it assured smoother operation in the future.

Any thoughts or insight would be appreciated.


Shawn Marshall
Marshall Arts Motion Graphics

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Steve ModicaRe: Snow Leopard - World of Hurt?
by on Mar 26, 2011 at 12:25:20 pm

I can't guarantee you won't see any problems, but we've gotten very few problem reports from customers. My subjective sense is that 10.6 (at least at the current level) is more robust than 10.5.

Steve Modica
CTO, Small Tree Communications

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John DavidsonRe: Snow Leopard - World of Hurt?
by on Mar 27, 2011 at 11:56:25 pm

I'm always an early adopter, but Snow Leopard has been out a good long while now and most of the kinks are out of it. We run AE4, AE5, and all other applications with it with no problems.

It's not like you're upgrading to Vista or something like that. Why not just clone your system drive to an external drive if you have one laying around, then upgrade it to Snow Leopard. This way, you can skip the clean install and just upgrade. If you experience problems, you can always do a clean install and recover everything from the cloned external drive. Everybody wins.

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Jerry JorgensonRe: Snow Leopard - World of Hurt?
by on Mar 28, 2011 at 12:48:18 pm

Upgrading OS X Server from Leopard to Snow Leopard is a pain, but just Leopard to Snow Leopard hasn't posed any problems for me. I'm not looking forward to Lion though.

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Shawn MarshallRe: Snow Leopard - World of Hurt?
by on Mar 29, 2011 at 8:11:16 am


Thanks for the replies; I appreciate them. I'll probably try cloning my system drive first, upgrade it to Snow Leopard and see how things behave. If I have problems I'll restore from my cloned Leopard drive.


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Craig AlanRe: Snow Leopard - World of Hurt?
by on Apr 13, 2011 at 1:55:51 am

Having a clone of your system is always a good idea. But to move to snow i would do it the other way. Do a fresh install on an external drive. Do fresh installs of all your apps. Move over your docs. and email etc. And test it out. When your happy, clone it over to your current system drive. Most of the FCP and media pros rec. a clean install when moving to a new OS or new version of pro apps.

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