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      Latest reply on Jul 14, 2015 7:44 AM by MiuoshK
      Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

        As above - I need to downgrade public beta to last version of OS X Yosemite. Luckily, I didn't have any important data on my mac, so I can erase. Anything. How to do it?

        • Re: How to downgrade El Capitan to Yosemite without a backup
          Max108 Level 8 Level 8 (5,800 points)

          If you have a Time Machine backup, you need this support page:



          If not, then you'll need to make a Yosemite USB installer of at least 8GB. (a USB3 one will be much quicker).


          First download the OS X 10.10 Yosemite installer from the Mac App Store in the Purchases section (you may need to hold alt/option while selecting Purchases. Once it's downloaded, just quit the installer and set the downloaded file's name to InstallOSXYosemite.app (make sure only .app, not .app.app)


          • Plug in your USB drive into the computer and open Disk Utility (in Applications).
          • Select the USB drive from the left sidebar and click on Erase tab.
          • Choose Mac OS Extended (Journaled) in the format box and set the name be YosemiteInstaller
          • Now click on Erase button and wait until the format process completes.
          • Then choose Partition tab and select 1 Partition from Partition Layout dropdown menu. Click on Option and ensure GUID Partition Table is selected as the partition scheme, with its name set to YosemiteInstaller.
          • Launch the Terminal app (in Applications/Utilities) and copy-paste the following command in, and then hit Enter:
            • sudo /Applications/InstallOSXYosemite.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia --volume /Volumes/YosemiteInstaller --applicationpath /Applications/InstallOSXYosemite.app --nointeraction
          • This will create the bootable USB flash drive. This takes between 10-20 minutes. Do not interrupt the Terminal or eject the flash drive during the process. Once the process completes, you will see the message "Copy Complete. Done."

          The OS X Yosemite bootable USB flash drive will be ready for use and you can start the clean installation process.


          How to Clean Install OS X Yosemite on Your Mac

          • Ensure the bootable USB flash drive is plugged into your Mac and restart the computer. As soon as the start-up chime plays, press the Option key (Alt).
          • Choose the USB drive on the start-up drive selection screen and hit Enter/Return on the keyboard.
          • Wait until the Yosemite installer appears on screen. This could take a few seconds or minutes.
          • Click on Disk Utility and then hit Continue.
          • Click on Macintosh HD from the left hand-side pane and then hit Erase tab on the top-right portion of the window. Leave all the settings at their default values and then hit Erase button at the bottom right. This will wipe all files stored on your startup hard drive.
          • When the erasing process is complete, return to the first screen where you selected Disk Utility. Now click on Install OS X and then hit Continue.
          • Choose the Macintosh HD partition you erased in step 5 and then click Install.
          • Re: How to downgrade El Capitan to Yosemite without a backup
            AJK1029 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

            So is there no way to revert back to Yosemite while retaining all my original data, without a backup?


            I don't like the step the "wipes your startup hard drive"  That makes me very nervous!