Julie-Thanks for the info! This definitely sounds like what I need to do, but it sounds like a multi-day project, whew! And yes, I keep multiple levels of back-up. I've only been doing photography seriously for about a year. Now with hindsite (and a full 2T hd, lol), I'm having to go back and rearrange. I think I'm going to have to get a 4T ehd (if I can afford it, haven't priced them yet). And you know I don't think I've done the iCloud syncing for all my stuff. I did for some, and I kind of distrusted it, wasn't sure if it was slowing my machine down. I screwed up something on my address book, going back and forth between iClouding and not iClouding it, and now everything in it is double, hehe. So thanks for the info and the inspiration, and I'll get a move on it. You'll be humored to know after my report this morning, dh decided we should take the plunge on Accordance. So now I have motivation to get my machine all cleaned out and ready! Actually my next task is to figure out licensing and whether I can run it on his computer and mine, blah blah.
Rick-I run Snow Leopard still because, as you say, I need it for some software. My ds uses Earobics, special software for auditory processing and speech issues, and it needs Rosetta. I have SL on my ehd (external hard drive), and I can boot to that hard drive. You reboot while holding OPTION and it takes you to a mention that allows you to chose the boot drive. From there I select my ehd. And you know, it was one of those crazy fortuitous/providential things. I'd like to say I did like Julie and cloned and installed it, but it was actually already on the ehd when I bought my imac. I had that 1T hd taken out and turned into an ehd for backup and had the company install a 2T internal hd and a small SSD. (This was back two years ago, when you could still do that.) And Julie, if you see the Geekbench scores on the new mac mini with fusion, it's scoring right up there with the maxed out 21.5" imac (11-12K), meaning it's a little beast! I thought about getting one for my dh to use with his old monitor, but I decided instead to spend the extra and get him the new retina display.
So anyways, I wouldn't want to give up the ability to swipe to new desktop spaces in the newer OS. With Accordance that's extra sweet, because you can open up a workspace on each screen and just swipe, swipe between them. Just amazing. Then for the things where I need to use Snow Leopard (mainly just one program), I reboot to my ehd, use it, and then reboot back to my regular stuff. Works for me.
Edited by WomanoftheHouse, 24 January 2013 - 09:16 AM.