After weeks of debating whether to upgrade my OS (operating system), I’ve finally decided to take the leap and upgrade from Snow Leopard to Mountain Lion. (For those of you who don’t have Mac’s, their operating systems are named after kitties). Snow Leopard is the Mac operating system introduced in 2009. In late 2011, Lion was introduced, and this past summer, Mountain Lion was introduced.
Last year, I upgraded from Snow Leopard to Lion on my Mid-2010 MacBook Pro, but I made the fatal mistake of not backing up my hard drive and wiping it clean before the upgrade. I enjoyed the nifty new features that were included in the new OS but was very disappointed that roughly a quarter of my apps didn’t work anymore (because they ran on PowerPc instead of Intel :[ ). Shortly after the upgrade, I started experiencing frequent system crashes; the spinning beach ball of death would appear on my screen and my Macbook Pro would come to a screeching halt, completely paralyzed . To my surprise, I found threads upon threads of users with my same model of Macbook Pro, experiencing the same issue and no support from Apple. So, eventually I got fed up and decided to try to backup all my local files, wipe my hard drive, and go back to Snow Leopard. However, my computer would crash before I could finish backing up my local files, so I resorted to backing up 30GBs at a time, which ultimately was successful. Even though I was happy with my success, I still wondered what I would’ve done if I were not tech savvy. How could Apple offer no support when so many people were having the same problem?
After wiping my hard drive, I reinstalled Snow Leopard, and my Macbook Pro has been a happy cat ever since. But I’ve really missed the awesome features that came with Lion, so today, I decided to upgrade to Mountain Lion because users with my model of Macbook Pro have reported few problems.
So, this time I’m not going to take any chances. I’m creating a bootable backup, wiping my hard drive, and installing Mountain Lion from USB. Unfortunately, figuring this whole process out took a few hours, and I’m also really sad that Firewire never became the standard over USB. After 2 hours, I have 122GBs to my hard drive, which is roughly 17Mb/s and 1GB per minute. If I were using Firewire 800, 247GB could have been copied by now.
Above is a chart that displays the speed of USB 2.0 vs. Firewire 400 vs. Firewire 800 (Courtesy of MacWorld.com)
I know this post has seemed like I’ve been rambling on, but my main point is to simply demonstrate how much of a pain it is to manage a personal computer and its local data. I’m simply baffled that Apple still hasn’t released a Lion update that fixes their incompatibility problem on Mid-2010 MBP caused by Nvidia drivers, and I can’t imagine how the average computer user would fix the problem other than bringing their laptop to the Genius bar and paying an arm and leg to have it repaired. Further, with the rate at which the amount of data we own on our personal computers is increasing, I’m baffled that we still use a technology for data transfer invented in the 90’s when much faster options are out there. Soon, I hope the cost of Solid State Hard Drives drops, and we adopt some other method of transferring data.
Wish me luck on my installation of Mountain Lion, and feel free to ask me any questions about it if you’re curious! (I’m also very willing to listen to any tips if you have them!)