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  • Daniel Schultz

    October 12, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    Anyone had any experience using FCP7 while upgrading the Mac OS to the latest?
    I’ve got all my other major software ready to make the upgrade, but don’t want to lose the ability to work on some legacy projects in FCP7.

    Thanks, Dan

  • Dave Farrants

    October 12, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    My FCP7 + Yosemite broke on the last update, if you do a search on here you’ll see many people have problems but there are some who don’t. You’re talking about very old software with no updates over the past few years, if you rely on it for work – don’t do it or download FCPX. My solution (with a MacPro) was to use 2 drives, 1 with 10.8 and FCP7 that never misses a beat and the second with Yosemite and all other programs, a 3rd drive has Yosemite and FCPX.

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  • John Rofrano

    October 13, 2015 at 1:22 am

    If you don’t want to lose the ability to work on some legacy projects in FCP7, then I agree with Dave. Keep a separate hard drive with FCP 7 and whatever OS X version you last used it with on it. You can then boot to it whenever you need to work on FCP 7. I keep a Snow Leopard drive around for working with older software. Works like a charm.


  • Daniel Schultz

    October 17, 2015 at 6:31 pm

    Thanks to both of you for your advice—seems like a great idea.

    An advice on how to install the earlier OS onto the external drive?
    And then how do you boot off of it?

    Thanks again,

  • Dave Farrants

    October 17, 2015 at 6:51 pm

    If you have a hard drive with a stable copy of System software and FCP 7 then just clone it to another (clean) drive, CarbonCopy Cloner is probably the most used program for this, you’ll then be able to boot from it either from Sys Prefs>Startup Disk or using the Alt key on boot up, a MacPro makes all this very easy with it’s 4 internal drives.

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  • John Rofrano

    October 18, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    [Daniel Schultz] “An advice on how to install the earlier OS onto the external drive?”

    You will need your original Snow Leopard DVD. Place the DVD into your optical drive and shutdown your Mac. Then attach the external drive and turn your Mac on. When you hear the boot chime, hold the Option (⌥) key down until you see a boot menu appear. The DVD should be one of the options. Select it to boot from it and when prompted to install Snow Leopard, select your external drive as the target and proceed to install as normal.

    [Daniel Schultz] “And then how do you boot off of it?”

    When you turn on your Mac, hold the Option (⌥) key down once you hear the chime until you see a boot menu appear. Then select the external drive to boot from. I labeled my external drive “Snow Leopard” instead of “Macintosh HD” so that it’s easily identifiable when plugged in.


  • Roger Poole

    October 19, 2015 at 12:11 am

    Also, if you are using a macbook pro you can partition your only hard disk into two. Then you can have one operating system on one partition and another on partition two. That way you can still accommodate an external media drive. Sandboxing apps and operating systems is the way to go.

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