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macos upgrade rant 

Would be nice if I could upgrade my mac to new os.

I'm still using Mojave, because when Catalina showed up, I still needed some software that wouldn't have worked with Catalina, so I postponed upgrading.

When I finally was ready to upgrade, I got this annoying -69716 error. Fixing methods sounded too much effort for my nerves, so I thought that Big Sur is just around the corner, I could just wait and upgrade to it directly.

And you guessed it: -69716 error with Big Sur too..

macos upgrade rant 

I really don't like the idea of ”clean install plus restore user files from time machine”, because at this point i'm about 1312% sure there would be problems with that too and I'd end up losing all my user files.

But it sounds like that's what I have to do if I ever want to upgrade my os again.

macos upgrade rant 

@Stoori I've heard some nightmare tales about Time Machine. Maybe a "regular" backup would be good to have.

macos upgrade rant 

@owl Yeah, I have other backups of some of my files already. But having to start customizing my system from scratch... bleh, I'd rather avoid it.

macos upgrade rant 

@Stoori you can get surprisingly large external drives for relatively cheap these days. Manual copy backup of everything you can find (everything you'd probably actually care about) in addition to the time machine backup?

macos upgrade rant 

@mercurymusing That's one option, although I hate the idea of having to set up everything from scratch at this point.

macos upgrade rant 

@Stoori That's the most painful part, yeah. Especially if you've got any programs you need to fuss with licenses over. Had to find some sketchy key extractors for required applications when I last did a big update/reset on my windows laptop.
There's something nice about paring down and doing a clean start though, if you need silver linings.

macos upgrade rant 

@mercurymusing I'm considering this method. Perhaps some other day when I'm not too stressed out merecivilian.com/macos-catalin

macos upgrade rant 

@Stoori Might even work without the extra mac? Do your time machine/manual backup on an extra drive for safety, do the fancy backup & external install from the target machine itself. Wouldn't be too much more painful than a reset/update, and you could just do that anyway if you see issues. A pair of 128GB sticks goes for ~$30 if you don't have too many files, or you could partition something larger?
Sorry to drag this on, just trying to offer positivity to a sucky situation!

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