Today I’m updating a Mac Mini to Mavericks so I can check it out a bit before installing it on my main work machines…
Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.
Started the download last night after watching the keynote online.
5.29 GB is a heavy download but we have fast broadband in the Netherlands, Started looking for other Mavericks apps on the App Store while the download was happening, was asked to enter my iCloud password… then the download got reset when it was about 4.5 GB done. Bummer… started the download again, went to bed thinking it would be done by the morning. Woke to find the machine locked up and the download had stopped at around 4 GB. Restarted the machine and of course the download was reset so I started again… it has been two and a half hours now and I still have 1 GB to go. Looks like Apple is saturating the internet with updates today, the connection is bogging down. It must be a big strain on Apples new data centres.
While the download is happening I’l do a bit of research as to how others are finding the new OS and look for any helpful tips that might aid in my transitioning.
When the installer has downloaded I want to make a Mavericks bootable USB stick so I don’t have to go through this download process for each machine. I did this with Mountain Lion and it saved me a lot of time. Now that I think about it I’ll download the latest version of the Mountain Lion installer and recreate a USB install stick for that as well. Just incase Apple decides to remove it from the store for some reason. Getting the latest one means I don’t have to go through all the recent updates and patches to get to the latest version of each.
Formatting 2 x 8 GB USB sticks as bootable. Mavericks download complete.
Trying to get the most recent version of the Mountain Lion installer as a backwards strategy, Says it is already installed but if I want the full download again then press “Continue”… nothing happens, no user feedback, no timeout, spinner keeps on spinning.
It is a real problem for me that Apple appears to have adopted the policy of “Our software never goes wrong so why should we bother including in any error or diagnostic information in our interfaces.” Let me tell you it goes wrong… all the time.
Why am I not getting a response saying something like “Having problems with the internet connection.” or “Lost contact with the server” or “Server is busy at the moment, try again later.”… no just get “I’m spinning doing nothing… not telling you anything… our software never breaks…”
Tried it on another machine and got some feedback. “Error 1004 please try again later.” cool I feel so much better I know what is going on… not.
Programmers don’t like you to know when there software breaks, they like to hide the fact by giving you a nice easy to understand number that means nothing to you. That is if the tell you anything at all. Heaven forbid you may get confused.
Anyway back to Mavericks. Installed my Untitled USB stick then pasted the following line into the Terminal application.
sudo /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ Mavericks.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia --volume /Volumes/Untitled --applicationpath /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ Mavericks.app --nointeraction
Typed my admin password when prompted.
OK now I have my Mavericks USB stick installer. Here we go.
First thing, my current version on Mountain Lion Server is not compatible with Mavericks. It is a paid upgrade to Mavericks Server. €17.99. OK I suppose that’s ok.
Looks like this will take about 45 minutes to install.