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Can my Mac run OS X Yosemite?

By Xyla | Lasted Updated 2018-11-05 07:03:16

One of the biggest questions that every Mac users have is that “what OS can my Mac run?”. This is actually a tough one as it depends on the model of Mac that you have on hand.

However, if you are actually running on OS X Mavericks, then there is a high chance that you can upgrade and run your Mac on the newer OS available and one of which is the OS X Yosemite.

But before you make the upgrade, you have to make sure that you have the right requirements that your Mac should have such as the system requirement because this is the most important one that you should have. But, what else do you actually need for you to get that upgrade on your Mac?

Part 1: Why Should I Upgrade My Mac?

Having your Mac upgraded to a newer version is something that is not done lightly. You will surely spend a lot of time and there is a possibility that you will be needing to have a new software.

After that, you will then have to learn all the new things that the upgrade have. This is why you have to make sure that you have allocated more of your time doing this.
 
Doing an upgrade may seem challenging but it is highly recommended that you make an upgrade for you to know what OS X is able to run on your Mac.

This is also a good idea because you once an upgrade is done, you will be able to have all the newest feature that the OS X upgrade have for you.
 
Make sure that you know what are the types of OS X version that you can have running on your Mac for you to avoid any technical errors. You can always check online for the model of your Mac and the OS X that you can run with it.

will-my-mac-run-os-x-yosemite

Part 2: Mac Models That You Need to Upgrade

The first thing that you should know is that if the model of your Mac is eligible or if it is capable of doing an upgrade. Here is a list for you to have an idea of the models of Mac that has a high chance of getting the upgrade.
 
1. MacBook – late 2008 aluminum, early 2009 or newer version.

2. iMac – middle of 2007 or newer version.

3. Mac Pro – earlier of 2008 or newer.

4. MacBook Air – late 2008 or newer version

5. MacBook Pro – mid-2007 or newer

6. Xserve – early 2009

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Part 3: Things That You Should Have To Get An Upgrade

As what we have mentioned earlier before you make an upgrade, you have to make sure that you have the right system as this is the most important requirement that you should have. Now, here are the things that you have to ensure.

1.Know What OS X Version You Have

If you currently have the OS version of OS X 10.6.7 then you can have it upgraded to the OS X Yosemite. In case that you do not know what version your Mac is running then you can simply do the following.

1. Just go ahead and click on the Apple icon located at the upper left corner of your screen.

2. After that, go ahead and click on the “About This Mac” option.

3. You will then be able to see a set of number under “OS X” which serves as your version number.

osx-version

2.Know The Space Available on Your RAM

For you to start upgrading your Mac OS X to OS X Yosemite, you will actually be needing 2GB of memory or even more. Now, for you to check on the available space on your RAM, all you have to do is to follow these steps.

1. Click on the Apple icon found at the upper left corner of your screen.

2. And then, you will be able to see besides “Memory” the number of GB that you have left on your RAM.
If it happens that you see 2GB or more space available on your RAM, then you can go ahead and proceed with the upgrade. And if you found out that you have less than 2GB left of RAM on your Mac, then you need to get more first before you can proceed with the upgrade.

RAM

3.Know How Much Free Space Left On Your Hard drive

For your Mac’s hard drive, you will be needing to have at least 8GB of free space on your Mac’s hard drive. For you to be able to check how much space is left on your Mac’s hard drive, all you have to do is to follow these steps.

1. Click on the Apple icon located at the top left of your screen.

2. And then click on the “About This Mac” option.

3. A new window will then appear on your screen.

4. From that new window, go ahead and click on “Storage” located at the upper left of your screen.

5. You will then be able to see the amount of free space left on your Mac’s hard drive as it has a multi-colored bar. You will be able to see there an indication that says “XXX GB free out of XXX GB”.

free-hard-drive-space

However, often times,  there is not enough memory left on your hard drive for you to fulfill this upgrade. But this is just an easy task.

All you have to do is for you to clean up some space on your hard drive for you to get more space. All you have to do is to remove all the files and junks that you no longer need on your Mac as these junks surely take up a lot of space.

Part 4: Cleaning Up Your Hard Drive to Get More Space

As what we have mentioned earlier, you will be needing a huge space on your hard drive for you to proceed with the upgrade. Often times, you will not have that enough amount on your Mac because of the junks that it contains.
 
But never worry because this is one of the easiest tasks that you can get done in just a few minutes. Not unless you would want to do it manually which will take you a long time for you to clean up your Mac and get that space you need.
 
However, we have the quickest and easiest way for you to clean up your Mac and remove all those junks that you have. This is by using the iMyMac Cleaner.
 
The iMyMac Cleaner can help you remove all of you’re the junks files that you no longer need on your Mac. These junk files are actually the ones that are taking up a lot of space on your Mac.
 
Not only that, but the iMyMac Cleaner can also help you find and then remove all of your unneeded iTunes Backup, your Email Attachments, and those multi-languages on your Mac that you do not need. It can also help locate and remove all of your large and old files from your Mac.
 
By having the iMyMac Cleaner perform all of this operations on your Mac, you will surely have that extra space that you need for you to upgrade your Mac’s, OS X. Here are the steps with how you can clean up all of the junk files on your Mac.

Step 1: Download and Install iMyMac

The very first thing that you should do is to download the iMyMac Cleaner from our official website at www.imymac.com. Once that you have successfully downloaded the program, go ahead and install it on your Mac.

Once that the installation of the iMyMac Cleaner is done, go ahead and launch it on your Mac. On the main interface of the program, you will be able to see your Mac’s System Status.

check Mac system status

Step 2: Scanning Junk File

You will also see on the main interface of the program the modules that the iMyMac Cleaner can do. You will see there under “Mac Cleaner” modules such as Junk Files, Clutter, and Large and Old Files.
 
From the list of modules, go ahead and choose “Junk Files” for you to start cleaning up your junk files from your Mac.

Once that you have selected the module, go ahead and click on the “Scan” button. The iMyMac Cleaner will then start scanning all the junk files that you have on your Mac. Wait for the program to finish the scanning process.

Junk Files Scan

Step 3: Preview Your Junk Files

Once that the scanning process is complete, you will then be able to see all the junk files that you have on your Mac. These junk files will be shown to you in a category files such as Application Cache, Photo Junks, Mail Junks, System Logs, User Logs, Trash Bin, and more.
 
Once that you click those folders, you will be able to see the things that it contains on the right side of your screen. Review all the things that you see on your screen for you to make sure that you have all the items that you no longer need.

Clean selected files

Step 4: Clean Up Mac Junk Files is Done

Once that you are satisfied with all the items that you see on your screen, you can go ahead and click on the “Clean” button. The iMyMac Cleaner will then start to remove all the junk files that you have on your Mac. Confirm this action by click on the “Confirm” button from the pop-up window that will appear on your screen.
 
Once that the program is done with the cleaning process, you will then be able to see an indication beside each folder that says “Zero KB”. However, there are some folders that do not have this indication because these folders are auto-recreated folders.

Clean Junk Files Completed

So there you have it! All the junk files that you have on your Mac are all removed permanently and you now have that space that you need for you to make an upgrade.
 
NOTE:

You can also do the following steps if you want to choose the modules “Clutter” and “Large and Old Files”. Getting all these things removed from your Mac will surely give you more space on your hard disk which will allow you to proceed with the process of upgrading your Mac’s OS X.

Part 5: Conclusion

Now that we have included here an example of a version of OS X that your Mac can run, go ahead and give it a try. There are also some other ways for you to find out as to what OS X your Mac is compatible to run with by searching.
 
As what we have mentioned earlier, if you are going to make an upgrade on your Mac, then you should have the knowledge of all the things that you have to know about the OS X that you are going to get. This way, you will be able to know the things that you need.
 
You have to make sure that you have all the required data on your Mac for you to make an upgrade, such as the if you have the required space on your RAM and as well as on your hard drive.

These two requirements are really important for you to save all the details and other data that comes to the OS X that you are going to have.
 
Your hard drive is the easiest one that you have free up space and this is if you use the iMyMac Cleaner. This program will be able to help you in cleaning up all the data that you no longer need on your Mac.

It can remove all of your junks files which actually eats up more of your hard drive’s storage space.
 
Not only that, but the iMyMac Cleaner also have the ability to remove all of your large and old files as well as your cluttered files on your Mac.

You have to keep in mind that this kind of data that you no longer need on your Mac can have a great impact not only on the storage space of your hard drive but also to the performance of your Mac.
 

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