1. EauRouge's Avatar
    Hey all,

    I'm currently running 10.7.5 Lion. I have an external HD, but for 2 years now I can't find the power cord that connects the HD into a wall socket, so it is essentially a paper weight. My question is, do I really have to back up before upgrading?

    Any insight or past experiences that you guys could share would be much appreciated.

    Aside: BRAVO Apple for the free update!
    10-22-2013 09:02 PM
  2. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    It's always a good idea.
    Will the update fail? Probably not, but it's up to you if you want to take that chance.
    Just_Me_D and ame like this.
    10-22-2013 09:08 PM
  3. Fausty82's Avatar
    You absolutely do not have to backup before doing the upgrade. But you should definitely think about how you would/could recover form the worst case scenario if the upgrade goes sideways on you. If you could be ok with that as your outcome, go for it.

    I backed up. All four Macs.
    10-22-2013 10:26 PM
  4. EauRouge's Avatar
    Thanks guys! If it failed and I lost everything... I would be totally screwed. Has it failed for you guys ever before or have you heard stories?
    10-22-2013 10:37 PM
  5. linsiris's Avatar
    Hey all,

    I'm currently running 10.7.5 Lion. I have an external HD, but for 2 years now I can't find the power cord that connects the HD into a wall socket, so it is essentially a paper weight. My question is, do I really have to back up before upgrading?

    Any insight or past experiences that you guys could share would be much appreciated.

    Aside: BRAVO Apple for the free update!
    You don't HAVE TO but people always recommend doing so in case it explodes. Although I should, I didn't and the update went very smooth. I also have to say I didn't have much to lose in case something went wrong.
    10-22-2013 10:39 PM
  6. Fausty82's Avatar
    Thanks guys! If it failed and I lost everything... I would be totally screwed. Has it failed for you guys ever before or have you heard stories?
    It only takes once. I've never had it fail for me... but my son did have issues and basically had to start from scratch with his MBP when he did the upgrade from Lion to Mountain Lion...
    10-22-2013 11:42 PM
  7. taz323's Avatar
    Don't need to, but better safe than sorry.
    10-23-2013 12:46 AM
  8. ame's Avatar
    Do it. Even if you have to go to Best Buy and buy an external first.
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    10-23-2013 03:00 PM
  9. jmr1015's Avatar
    I didn't backup... and my upgrade process hit some hiccups, and I thought I lost everything. Luckily, that turned out to not be the case... but after that experience, I will backup before downloading any new OS.
    EauRouge likes this.
    10-23-2013 03:17 PM
  10. EauRouge's Avatar
    Thanks everybody!
    10-23-2013 06:33 PM
  11. GlennRuss's Avatar
    I would try to find a power cord to your external HD. Radio Shack? I always do a backup just in case. I had an iPhone that for some reason did a reset to new phone when I did an iOS update. It was a wile back, but glad I had a current back up. I would have lost everything. This was before iCloud. I was lucky. Doing backups is just a good habit to get into with computers.
    10-23-2013 07:24 PM
  12. jclisenby's Avatar
    Always back up.


    Tappin and Talkin from my iPhone 5
    10-23-2013 07:25 PM
  13. iEd's Avatar
    1st Commandment of computers.

    If it's not backed up it doesn't exist.
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    10-23-2013 07:39 PM
  14. dobermansrule's Avatar
    I didn't back up...
    10-23-2013 08:10 PM
  15. EmceeGeek's Avatar
    I usually backup but since my 2tb hard drive was abducted, I just went ahead and updates my iMac and MacBook. No regrets! Went smoothly.


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    10-24-2013 07:10 PM
  16. EauRouge's Avatar
    So I went ahead and bought a new external hard drive. the upgrade went smoothly but I'm still glad I have a backup of my computer. Thinking about this I realized how devastating it would be if I lost all my files. It would be ... I don't even want to think about it.

    #gradstudentagony
    10-26-2013 11:54 AM
  17. Blue Shift's Avatar
    If you're going to do the upgrade, backup after you've downloaded Mavericks but before you run the installer. That way, if things go south, you can restore your backup which will include the installer.
    10-31-2013 01:44 PM
  18. Totalimmortal363's Avatar
    I didn't and all is well.
    10-31-2013 03:27 PM

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