Finally, Mac Sierra is at your doorsteps. You only have to click the upgrade button, if your device is compatible. You have a lot of new features to see and experience on this brand new Mac OS. If you’ve seen its public beta, I don’t think there’s a reason to explain it. Anyway, there’s no need to search for a public beta – the official version is live now!
But, there should be more clarity on certain things, especially in a situation where more Mac users may try to upgrade to Sierra without knowing much about it. Proper awareness about the OS is much necessary whether a user wants to upgrade to Sierra or a fresh installation of that OS.
Here, I’ve made a list of mistakes that you may do when installing Mac Sierra. Here they are
- Installing macOS Sierra on an unsupported Mac
- I’m just going for it
- Don’t have a backup plan(link-> Remo Recover Pro)
- Relying too much on Cloud
- Installation/Upgrade in a slow network and power interruption
Installing MacOS Sierra on an Unsupported Mac:
On the official website, Apple has clearly defined Mac Sierra compatible devices. These are the devices listed by Apple.
- iMac (Late 2009 and later)
- Mac mini (2010 and later)
- Mac Pro (2010 and later)
- MacBook (Late 2009 and later)
- MacBook Air (2010 and later)
- MacBook Pro (2010 and later)
And if you prefer upgrade option rather than a fresh installation, you can upgrade from Mac OS X 10.7 Lion onwards.
But, there’s one more thing – even you’re using any of these Macs, that doesn’t mean you can experience all the best features in Sierra. For example Siri, Apple Pay, Apple Continuity features, Handoff, and more.
So, it's recommended to use any of the following Macs to fully experience these features.
- iMac (late 2012 or newer)
- Mac Pro (late 2012 or newer)
- Mac mini (late 2012 or newer)
- MacBook Pro (mid-2012 or newer)
- MacBook (Early 2015 or newer)
- MacBook Air (mid 2012 or newer)
In general, your Mac should meet the following requirements to install MacOS Sierra
- Your Mac version must be OS X 10.7 or later
- You must have at least 2 GB of memory(4 GB advisable)
- An Apple ID
- And, at least 8 GB of available storage ( 15-20 GB recommended)
Installing Sierra on an unsupported Mac can revoke your software warranty. And, there won’t be any guarantee in data residing on your volumes. So, if you want to carry on to Sierra upgrade with an unsupported Mac, it’d be better to prepare backup of all your data. If you’re not doing so, unfortunate incidents may happen that force you to search for tools to recover Mac Sierra Lost Volume/data.
I’m just going for it:
They're people who always go behind speculations rather than relying on actual facts. Some Mac users are well fit in this category. They might be pretty excited about the news they are reading/ hearing about the new software/OS, and they won’t think whether it’s useful for them or not. Sierra’s case isn’t different in this guise.
Don’t have a backup plan:
It’s serious, more than you’re thinking. No matter you’re using Sierra or any other version of Mac, hard drive crashes can occur anytime and it’d cost a lot of hassle to restore your data back. Moreover, choosing an ideal Mac Sierra data recovery tool as per the situation demands would not be an easy task.
These days, backup process in a Mac machine is quite simple with the arrival of Time Machine. And, it’s good to follow a layered backup strategy where you have a local, bootable and a cloud copy so as to retrieve your files quickly and conveniently. Remo Mac Data Recovery Software comes handy in such a situation, which is capable of recovering your lost or deleted data within a matter of few clicks.
Not Aware about Power/Network:
If you’re using a MacBook for Sierra upgrade, there’s one thing that you can’t neglect; power. Normally, it’d take around two hours of time to complete Sierra download and installation. If you have a faster network connection, this time will significantly reduce. So, it points to the importance of both power and network connectivity.
So, make sure your MacBook has enough power before installing Sierra. It’d be good if you plug-in your Mac while performing download and installation.
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