Can I put 2+ versions of OS X on a brand-newest Macbook Pro?
June 19, 2014 9:57 AM Subscribe
For testing purposes at work, they would like this magic to happen - put different iterations of OS X (e.g. snow leopard, lion, mt lion, mavericks) each on its own partition on the same physical disk. Apple L2 support has disavowed knowledge of such potential doings, despite there being support articles indicating that at least two versions of OS X on the same physical disk (and different partitions) is possible. Either a) it's doable or b) it's not doable. However...
posted by bitterkitten to Computers & Internet (5 answers total)
A couple articles I read online recently indicated that sometimes? new Apple OS X iterations might have different "hardware strings" which prevent easily installing even very recent versions of the same OS on brand new Apple hardware (for example, in this particular case, I discovered that I couldn't easily boot off known good 10.9.1 media unless I wanted to alter said 'strings' to make it compatible with the brand new Macbook in front of me, so I had to download 10.9.3 from the app store to make 10.9.3. boot media ).
I also realize that I could also make a bunch of vm's with different os X flavors in them, but whether I do that will depend on whether this is doable.
Thanks very much, Apple experts. I realize I could post this on various Apple forums, which I may still do, but I like MeFiters the best. : )