Awwww, but what if I wanted to throw all caution to the wind and live
No backup, just install and go,…and hope for the best!! Check things??
Pfftt,…nah,….I’m sure all will be good. :) hehehe.
Ok,..so I joke. :) hehe.
Though it was on my “test iMac” and if I have to erase it from scratch, nothing
Unlike a friend of mine who always tested the betas (as he’s a developer) on
his main machine! Then wondered why things didn’t work. lol. But he loved
tinkering to get it right. Me,..I just want it to work. :) And with a safety
net. :) hehe. You can never have too many backups.
In saying that, all has been good so far (touch wood).
Sorry, couldn’t resist,…hehe :)
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> On 23 Sep 2016, at 8:15 am, Ronni Brown <ro...@mac.com> wrote:
> Hi WAMUG members,
> Daniel has given the link below for ‘How to get macOS Sierra’ which explains
> the Mac models and versions of OS X you can upgrade.
> So I will just reiterate my normal safety ‘Prepare' before upgrading any
> major version of OS X.
> Prepare to upgrade:
> 1. Make sure your computer can run Sierra.
> 2. BACKUP! - BACKUP!
> 3. Make sure key software is up to date, and remove clutter that could
> interfere with the upgrade.
> 4. Decide which upgrade strategy is best for you
> Back Up Your Disk
> If your normal Backup strategy is Time Machine or CrashPlan, before upgrading
> to Sierra, you should create a Bootable Backup (a duplicate). That’s an exact
> copy of everything on your startup volume, stored on another disk so you
> could start up your Mac from that other disk and it would behave precisely as
> it does when you boot from your regular startup volume.
> Clean Up Your Mac
> Over time, most computers accumulate clutter, including outdated software,
> forgotten downloads, and obsolete files. Not only can this clutter make files
> harder to find, it can also cause problems when you upgrade to
> Sierra—incompatibilities may show up, or you may run out of disk space, for
> Sierra includes new features for helping you rid your Mac of this clutter,
> and that’s something you should consider setting up later on. For now,
> though, it’s important to deal with the clutter that could interfere with
> installing and running Sierra in the first place.
> Update Your Third-party Software
> Tip: RoaringApps maintains a wiki listing hundreds of Mac and iOS apps and
> the current status of their compatibility with various operating system
> versions, as reported by users. Although this list is neither exhaustive nor
> definitive, it provides a quick way to check on the apps most important to
> De-clutter Your Disk
> Over time, your disk accumulates obsolete, extraneous, or otherwise useless
> apps and files. Removing these increases the disk space available for Sierra
> and reduces the chance of software conflicts.
> Run Disk Utility - Check your Disk
> Use Disk Utility in El Capitan or Later:
> 1. Launch Disk Utility (in /Applications/Utilities).
> 2. In the list on the left, select your startup volume (if it isn’t already
> selected), which is indented underneath the name of the device (hard drive or
> SSD) that contains it.
> 3. Click First Aid on the toolbar, and then click Run. Disk Utility checks
> your disk and repairs it if necessary.
> 4. When the repair is finished, click Done and quit Disk Utility.
> Use Disk Utility in Yosemite or Earlier
> In Yosemite or earlier, Disk Utility can’t repair the volume you booted from,
> so you’ll have to use a different procedure that requires a secondary startup
> volume. Follow these steps:
> 1. Start up your Mac from media other than your regular startup volume that
> also contains Disk Utility. This could be, for example:
> *A bootable duplicate of your startup disk stored on an external hard drive
> or a second internal drive.
> *A USB Software Reinstall Drive.
> *The Hidden Recovery HD volume on a Mac running 10.7 Lion or later, which
> enables OS X Recovery (choose Apple > Restart and immediately press and
> hold Command-R to start in OS X Recovery)
> 2. Run Disk Utility:
> * If you’re running from a bootable duplicate, you can find Disk Utility in
> * If you’re running from a Mac OS X installation disc or USB Software
> Reinstall Drive, click through the language selection screen and then choose
> Utilities > Disk Utility.
> * If you’re using OS X Recovery, click through the language selection screen
> if it appears, and then select Disk Utility and click Continue.
> 3. At the left, select your regular startup volume (the one to repair, not
> the one from which you’re currently booted).
> 4. On the First Aid pane to the right, click Repair Disk.
> Disk Utility looks for common errors and repairs them if possible.
> Ordinarily, it displays a message saying that repairs were completed or that
> no repairs were necessary.
> 5. Quit Disk Utility.
> 6. Restart your Mac. Then:
> ‣ If you find yourself within the installer, quit the installer too; then,
> click Startup Disk, select your main disk, and click Restart.
> ‣ Otherwise, choose Apple > Restart.
> Update Your Duplicate
> Now that your disk is updated with the latest software, cleansed of
> space-hogging residue, and verified as functioning properly, you should
> update your duplicate so it reflects the latest and greatest state of your
> disk. With Carbon Copy Cloner (and most other backup software), updating a
> duplicate is much quicker than creating one from scratch, because only the
> files changed since the last duplicate are copied.
> Consider Disabling Encryption
> If your Mac is already running 10.7 Lion or later and has FileVault enabled,
> you need not disable it. Lion and later use FileVault 2, just like Sierra,
> and it shouldn’t cause you any upgrade problems.
> Or to be extra safe disable FileVault
> Decide on an Installation Method
> The Sierra installer doesn’t ask you to pick an installation method, as was
> the case for installers of years past. However, you still have some choices.
> You can approach the process in either of two ways:
> • Plan A: In-place Upgrade: This easy, default method is appropriate for most
> people (including anyone Upgrading to (or from) the Sierra Beta), with some
> • Plan B: Clean Install: Although the installer no longer offers an option
> that lets you start fresh by erasing your disk, you can accomplish the same
> thing in a slightly roundabout way.
> Obtain the Installer
> Depending on your situation, obtaining the Sierra installer may be a trivial
> matter of a few clicks, or it may be an involved ordeal.
> Download Sierra on the Destination Mac
> If you have a broadband Internet connection that can handle a 5 GB download,
> obtaining Sierra is just like downloading any other app:
> After it downloads, the installer launches automatically - If you need to
> install on other Macs -
> My strong suggestion is ‘Copy the Installer BEFORE you install!
> Choose Install macOS Sierra > Quit Install macOS Sierra to quit the installer
> for the time being.
> The installer deletes itself after installing only when both of the following
> are true:
> • The installer is in /Applications on your startup volume.
> • You do an in-place upgrade of your startup volume.
> If you put the installer anywhere else—your Desktop, ~/Downloads,
> or wherever—it won’t be deleted after it runs.
> But keeping a copy or creating a Bootable Sierra Installer Volume. I prefer
> to create a Bootable Installer to update other Macs.
> If anyone needs instructions 'How to make a Bootable Sierra Installer Volume’
> I can supply if required.
> 13-inch MacBook Air (April 2014)
> 1.7GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost to 3.3GHz
> 8GB 1600MHz LPDDR3 SDRAM
> 512GB PCIe-based Flash Storage
> El Capitan OS X 10.11.6
>> On 22 Sep 2016, at 10:22 PM, Daniel Kerr <wa...@macwizardry.com.au> wrote:
>> Hi Philippe
>> Sierra isn’t too bad, but yes, I’m not running it on my main machine just
>> yet. I like to wait a few weeks or more, just to check it all on my “test
>> machine” and make sure everything works correctly. Then just waiting a bit
>> to make sure and read if anything needs updated or to iron out the “bug
>> fixes”. :)
>> You can update directly from Yosemite to Sierra. (even fact you can upgrade
>> directly from Lion 10.7 straight to Sierra), so you don’t need to upgrade
>> first. Just go straight to Sierra via the Mac App Store.
>> But yes, definitely make sure everything is backed up well first :)
>> More info can be found here - https://support.apple.com/en-au/HT201475
>> Hope that info helps.
>> Kind regards
>> Daniel Kerr
>> Phone: 0414 795 960
>> Email: <daniel AT macwizardry.com.au>
>> Web: <http://www.macwizardry.com.au>
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