Downgrade from Yosemite beta to Mavericks2014-06-18
It’s safe to say that Apple’s pre-release of their upcoming Mac OS X 10.10 (codename: Yosemite) got me in an emotional roller coaster. I went through these phases:
Phase I: Excitement
Guess what happened soon after Apple’s special event in June 2014 where they announced that a beta version of Yosemite would be available for nerds like me. The upgrade went smooth and I was happy… at least first.
Phase II: Frustration
Unfortunately all the VPN connectivity did’t make it in the beta which made it pretty unusable for me. I don’t blame Apple for this since the beta tag should make it clear that thinks might break.
Luckily I did a backup with Carbon Copy Cloner a.k.a. CCC. before upgrading the system. The restore was no big deal: Just plug-in the external backup disk, boot from it and restore the whole beast. So far so good.
Phase III: Panic
After the restore followed the obligatory reboot. Very quickly the mac prompted a login screen which turned into a grey progress bar after I entered my password.
And here is the problem: The progress bar went straight to 50%… but then it got stuck.
I waited almost two weeks before I did a reset and tried another reboot (ok, the clock said it was just an hour but it definitely felt longer). In between I lost a lot of sweat and all my fingernails.
Unfortunately the reset didn’t change anything. Again… the f#!$ing progress bar (let’s just call it fancy progress bar of desperation).
Phase IV: Relief
Eventually I realized that the login screen still looked quite yosemite-ish. Hmm, but I did restore Mavericks, right?
The solution: I booted again from my backup disk and also restored the recovery partition from Mavericks via the CCC disk center.
One final reboot and my mac was fully restored to a workable state and smelled like butterflies and popcorn again. What a ride.
CCC saved my ass :-)
Thanks, Mike Bombich!