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Old 11-09-2018, 11:24 AM
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Question Restoring to a new SSD

I've received errors in doing SD backups to an external SSD and a separate HDD. Dave has indicated it is a failing internal SSD. If (!) I can convince Apple of the problem (because the Mac still WORKS…it just shows errors on backup), and they install a new internal SSD, it will likely have a different OS version than is on the backup (The machine is on Mojave 10.14.1 now, but the backup is 10.13.6, and I don't know what OS version will be on the new SSD - depends on the date of manufacture, I guess.

Sooo, if I do a Restore from external SSD, does that restore the 10.13.6 version over the 10.14 it may have, or what? I've heard Macs won't install an older version over a newer version. Or, should I boot from the SD clone and do a Migration? But if the OSes don't match, that's a problem there too… Or try a restore from a Time Machine backup? TM SEEMS to be working.

I've had SD for many years, but this is the first time I've had to restore…so I'm kind of a newbie at this.
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Old 11-09-2018, 11:30 AM
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In this case, when you boot from the new SSD if it has 10.14 on it, it'll prompt to restore. Just point that at the backup and it'll bring in your applications and data.

See this FAQ:

since it's basically the same case.
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