Apple released their latest version of Mac Operating system OS X Yosemite. The operating system is offered free to all Mac users. It’s tempting to install the latest operating system with all the latest upgraded features. It is easy to install as well. Just go to App store, download and install it.
However, not all Mac’s are meant to be upgraded. You might end up ruining your Mac which was working perfectly till now.
Here is a checklist of things to look if your Mac is Yosemite ready
Check if your Mac can run Yosemite
First, you need to check if your Mac model is supported for installing Yosemite. Here is a list of Mac models that support Yosemite
- iMac Mid 2007 or later
- MacBook 13in aluminum version from late 2008
- MacBook Pro 13in version, mid-2009 or later, 15-inch option mid-2007 or later, 17-inch laptop 2007 or later
- MacBook Air Later 2008 or later
- Mac Mini: Early 2009 or later
- Mac Pro: Early 2008 or later
- Xserve: Early 2009
Check if Mac have enough RAM and hard disk space
If your Mac model is in the list of supported models, you should be good to install Yosemite. The minimum hardware requirement for Yosemite is at least 2GB RAM and 8GB of hard disk for storing the OS files. To be on the safer side, it is recommended to have at least 16GB free space. Just to be sure, check RAM and how much free space is available in the hard disk.
Make sure Mac have access to Apple Store
The only way to install Yosemite is from the Apple Apps Store. But the earlier version of Mac with Leopard OS doesn’t have access to App store. Access to App store came with Snow Leopard. So if you are using an older OS version, you need to upgrade to Mac OS x 10.6 Snow Leopard. Snow Leopard can be bought at $29.
Update your current Operating system
Whether you are using Snow Leopard, Lion Mountain Lion or Mavericks, make sure the OS is up to date. Just click on Apple Logo at the top left part of the screen, then select Software Update.
Update all third-party Apps
If you have third-party apps installed, make sure it is up to date. Third party App developers may release updates for their Apps to make it Yosemite ready. Go to App Store App, select updates button in the toolbar and select update all.
If the App was purchased elsewhere, go to the developer website and check if an update is released. You can also use the Help option -> check for updates.
Remove old and unnecessary software
You may have very old software or Apps that you don’t use anymore. Go through the list of Apps and remove the unwanted ones. This will help reduce instances of compatibility issues and help in a smooth upgrade.
Backup Mac Data
Just like any other upgrade, it is highly recommended to take back up of important data to be on the safer side. The upgrade process to Yosemite is painlessly simple and the chances of success are very high. But you never know what might happen. So take a backup.
Check if Mac is healthy
One reason why a simple installation can go wrong is the problem with hardware. So if you have an older Mac or have a frequently used machine, it is recommended to do a simple hardware diagnosis. Use Disk Utility to run a scan to check for errors in the hard disk. You can also use Apple Hardware Test or Apple diagnostics to do a complete hardware diagnostics including RAM.
Good Luck and Enjoy upgrading to Mac OS Yosemite.