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possible to downgrade from Catalina without erasing HD?
Posted by: Mr Downtown
Date: June 17, 2020 03:50PM
Upstairs neighbor somehow paid no heed to my warnings to not download Catalina (for a 2012 laptop with old software).

And . . . her Time Machine backup is to the same hard drive.

Anything she can do without buying an external drive and moving everything onto it?
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Re: possible to downgrade from Catalina without erasing HD?
Posted by: btfc
Date: June 17, 2020 04:13PM
Theoretically possible, but she should get an external drive, so she can also end up with a proper backup.



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Re: possible to downgrade from Catalina without erasing HD?
Posted by: anonymouse1
Date: June 17, 2020 04:21PM
Depends, I think. Are you trying to get rid of APFS or just Catalina. I think you could just install Mojave over Catalina.

But....also what btfc said--get a backup!
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Re: possible to downgrade from Catalina without erasing HD?
Posted by: rich in distress
Date: June 17, 2020 04:39PM
It can be done in theory, and restore with Time Machine to right before the upgrade, but I’ve never tried.
[support.apple.com] Relevant info @1, and at the bottom of the page too.
Or she could try to sort the problems brought by Catalina.
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Re: possible to downgrade from Catalina without erasing HD?
Posted by: Mr Downtown
Date: June 17, 2020 05:29PM
Thanks. She thought she could get along without Microsoft Office for a couple of days, so I advised her to order a 1TB external drive from Amazon.
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Re: possible to downgrade from Catalina without erasing HD?
Posted by: btfc
Date: June 17, 2020 05:32PM
Let her know about the Libre Office/ Open Office alternative to MS Office.
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Re: possible to downgrade from Catalina without erasing HD?
Posted by: jdc
Date: June 17, 2020 07:23PM
Id just spend the $7 a month for 365. Also comes with 1 TB cloud.

Thats a $5 purchase by itself. More than enough room to keep ALL her Office files backed up to the cloud...



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