Install Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard with confidence!

Take Control of
Upgrading to Snow Leopard

Joe Kissell

Upgrade to Snow Leopard calmly and successfully with Joe Kissell’s expert advice, developed over numerous test installations. Many thousands of Mac users have upgraded their Macs with previous editions of this best-selling ebook!

This product has been discontinued.

Installing a major new version of Mac OS X should be exciting and fun, but without proper guidance you may find it nerve-wracking or even lose valuable files. Fortunately, many thousands of people have upgraded Mac OS X calmly and successfully with Joe Kissell’s previous best-selling Take Control of Upgrading… titles. Joe’s friendly, expert steps—developed over innumerable test installations—help you to avoid trouble, understand what’s going on when you install Snow Leopard, and easily recover from problems that might arise. The ebook will help you:

  • Evaluate if your Mac is ready to run Snow Leopard.
  • Complete crucial pre-upgrade steps that help you avoid trouble.
  • Make a bootable duplicate in case Joe’s easy Plan A doesn’t work for you.
  • Understand just what you need to know about what the installer will do.
  • Successfully install Snow Leopard on an Intel-based Mac.
  • Perform a few important post-installation tasks and tweaks.
  • Solve problems that might arise after installing—such as a Mac that won’t boot.

Want help with installing a later version of Mac OS X? Check our catalog for new editions of this ebook that will help you with later upgrades.

You should buy this ebook if one—or both—of the following describes your situation:

  • You want to ensure a calm, successful update with no data loss or other unpleasant surprises.
  • You could run the Snow Leopard installer on your own, but you want to know the ins and outs of what’s new with the Snow Leopard installer because you are a Mac consultant, because friends and relatives rely on you for tech support, so you can wow everyone at your next MUG meeting, or simply because you like knowing exactly how things work behind the scenes.

Specific questions answered in this ebook include:

  • Is my Mac ready for a Snow Leopard installation?
  • What’s new in the Snow Leopard installer?
  • What’s the deal with QuickTime and Snow Leopard?
  • What’s Rosetta, why should I care, and what should I do about it?
  • Under what circumstances should I partition my startup drive?
  • How can I check if I need to run a firmware update before installing?
  • What are smart ways to free disk space to make more room for Snow Leopard?
  • How do I back up Boot Camp before upgrading, just in case something goes horribly wrong?
  • I clicked Customize in the installer—which checkboxes should I select?
  • How can I do what was previously called an Archive and Install? I know it’s fussy, but I like it.
  • I just installed Snow Leopard and my Mac won’t boot. Help!
  • What should I do if Time Machine wants to start backing up?
Joe Kissell

About Joe Kissell

Take Control publisher Joe Kissell has written more than 60 books about technology, including many popular Take Control books. He formerly wrote for publications such as Macworld, Wirecutter, and TidBITS. He lives in Saskatoon with his wife and their two sons.

What’s New in Version 1.1

Version 1.1 covers new information that has emerged since Snow Leopard’s release, and clarifies or corrects several other items. Major changes include the following:

  • A note about Updating Backup Software for Snow Leopard
  • A sidebar about PGP Desktop and Whole Disk Encryption
  • A list of Things You Need Not Do before upgrading
  • Clarification of the way restarts are handled during installation
  • Additional information about the Machine option when transferring data from a bootable duplicate
  • Instructions on dealing with a rarely appearing Previous System folder
  • Information about how to upgrade CrashPlan, if you use it
  • A list of Web sites with information about Snow Leopard software (in)compatibilities and a tip about the latest version of 1Password

Before I buy this ebook, can you tell me if my Macintosh will work with Snow Leopard?

Sure! The most important Snow Leopard hardware requirement is an Intel processor. To determine if you're using an Intel-based Mac, choose About This Mac from the Apple menu and look in the Processor line. If it says Intel somewhere in that line, then your Mac has an Intel processor and you're good to go with Snow Leopard. Snow Leopard isn't compatible with any PowerPC-based Macs, sorry!

  • Read Me First
  • Introduction
  • Snow Leopard Upgrade Quick Start
  • Explore Snow Leopard Installer Changes
  • Check Your Hardware for Compatibility
  • Back Up Your Disk
  • Clean Up Your Mac
  • Partitioning: Just Say No
  • Understand the Upgrade Process
  • Upgrade Using Plan A: Automatic Upgrade
  • Upgrade Using Plan B: Erase and Install
  • Update Apple Software
  • Set Up Your Snow Leopard Environment
  • Troubleshoot Upgrade Problems
  • How to Downgrade
  • About This Book
  • July 5, 2012 -- We don't plan to update the Snow Leopard edition of this ebook again, but check the <a href=catalog>Take Control catalog</a> to find similar titles about later versions of OS X.