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Apple Software Support Downloads -- Gone!

16 December 2013 - 10:04 PM

As of right this minute, the Apple software support download library does not seem to exist on the Apple support web site.  No more combo and delta OSX updates available to download.  No old drivers available.


This may change over time, but right now, this is bad news.


On the good news front, Mac OS X 10.9.1 has been released - but can only update from the App Store.

Mavericks Disk Utility Rearranged Partitions

05 October 2013 - 10:02 PM

I can't believe that I'm the only one so far to experience this.  I'm posting this as a warning.
I wanted a fresh installation of Mavericks, so I used Maverick's installer Disk Utility to erase my current Mountain Lion partition.  For some reason, "Core Storage" kicked in and rearranged the partitions on my hard drive.  All I did was select the partition "testOSX" and "erase".
So, I tried to re-partition, but the partition pop-up was greyed out.  I had to use GPARTED to remove all of the existing partitions before I could use Disk Utility to re-partition the drive.
I thought this was a fluke, so I tried a second time and the problem repeated.
As a test, I proceeded anyway to install Mavericks and Chameleon to "testOSX" but Chameleon got confused and couldn't boot it.
Cleaning up and partitioning/erasing with the Disk Utility in Mountain Lion gave a successful booting installation of Mavericks.
Partitions - Before and After "Erasing"


The "types" associated with the partitions changed as well.
3 TB Hitachi - Media
disk0s1 - EFI (hidden)
testOSX - Mac OS Extended (Journaled)
TM - Mac OS Extended (Journaled)
testOSX - Logical Volume Group
testOSX - Logical Partition
diskOs1 - EFI (hidden)
testOSX - Core Storage Physical Volume (hidden)
Boot OS X - Apple Boot Partition (hidden)
TM - Mac OS Extended (Journaled)


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