2 Replies Latest reply on Aug 7, 2013 3:24 PM by peter minneapolis

    Activating/deactivating and cloning CS and CC apps to a new driveI

    peter minneapolis Level 4

      I can't remember what safe computing precautions I took the last time I cloned my internal drive to a new larger drive external drive, and swapped it for the internal drive I was outgrowing. I do remember than I've had no problems from that migration, though, so I must've done stuff correctly, or I was lucky.

       

      Now, I'm older and smarter, so I'd like a little personal-memory reinforcement.

       

      I'm on a MacBook Pro with 6GB RAM running OS X 10.8.4 (Mountain Lion.)

       

      I've got ID CS4, ID CS5, ID CS5.5, Acrobat Pro XI, and the CS6 Master Collection (non-cloud), plus an active Creative Cloud subscription under which I've only installed ID CC.

       

      I have already deactivated ID CS4, CS5, CS5.5, CS6 (non-cloud), Acrobat Pro XI, and my Creative Cloud subscription.

       

      Unlike many folks on the forum, I don't have any ongoing need for any ID release prior to ID CS6, so I'm thinking of uninstalling them. They don't take a lot of space, and they don't interfere with any work I do, so it's not essential to get rid of them. I know there are issues about installing older versions of ID when newer versions are already installed on the same machine. I don't think I've heard any cautions about removing earlier releases, though. Did I miss something important? After uninstalling the earlier releases with their dedicated uninstallers, I know that I can run the Adobe cleaner to assure that they're gone.

       

      I'll use Carbon Copy Cloner for the clone operation, to make a bootable clone (not Migration Assistant.)

       

      After a successful clone operation, I'll restart from the new external drive. If that's successful, I'll reactivate the deactivated applications. Then I'll swap the new external drive for the internal drive.

       

      Did I overlook anything, or include unneeded or unwise steps?

       

      Oh, yes, I have a complete Time Machiine backup on a separate Time Capsule drive.

       

      So, is there any downside to uninstalling the earlier ID releases, or to leaving them in place, other than the paltry few GBs they occupy?

       

      Thanks,

       

       

      Regards,

       

       

      Peter

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        • 1. Re: Activating/deactivating and cloning CS and CC apps to a new driveI
          Peter Spier Most Valuable Participant (Moderator)

          you should not remove earlier versions after new ones are installed unless you plan on also reinstalling the new ones. They tend to take out common files you'll need.

           

          I'm on Windows, but I've never had a problem with Adobe software when replacing a drive and using an image of the old one to set it up. Saves HOURS of time.

          • 2. Re: Activating/deactivating and cloning CS and CC apps to a new driveI
            peter minneapolis Level 4

            Thanks for your quick response Peter S, and for clarifying the issue of uninstalling ID releases when other releases are installed. I was certain there were dangers when INSTALLING or RE-INSTALLING earlier releases when later ones are installed, because the later ones can overwrite same-name/same-location files with newer unsuitable files. I wasn't sure about the reverse - uninstalling earlier releases when later ones are installed, which is why I asked. In a logical perfect world, the newer ones shouldn't depend on the presence of files that are present due to previous installations of early releases. If the newer releases were installed into drives that never had the earlier ones, those potentially troublesome early files wouldn't be present. But, I get it: Don't look for trouble.<G>

             

            Of course, just because something works flawlessly on WIndows doesn't mean that it's guaranteed to work as perfectly on Mac! (Or, is that supposed to be the other way around?<G>)

             

             

            Regards,

             

             

            Peter

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            Peter Spier wrote:

             

            you should not remove earlier versions after new ones are installed unless you plan on also reinstalling the new ones. They tend to take out common files you'll need.

             

            I'm on Windows, but I've never had a problem with Adobe software when replacing a drive and using an image of the old one to set it up. Saves HOURS of time.