Helpful Tips that Ensure a Successful Yosemite Upgrade

Let’s start with the question what is OS X Yosemite; it is the next version operating system for the Mac. Yosemite has a redesigned interface and other brand new features which include complete redesign with “flatter look” and expanded notification center with widgets. Besides that, this operating system also has iCloud Drive file storage and streamlined design for Safari, not forget it also make enhancements on Mail and Messages.

You can click on the next link if you would like to learn more details about OS X Yosemite.

Well, like any other newly released thing, people will meet a lot of trouble when handling this system. For Mac users, how to effectively upgrade to OS X Yosemite is a problem need to be solved. But thanks God we have the Internet that allowed people to search answers for all kinds of questions. And this article is definitely going to be helpful. Let learn the top 10 tips that can make you successful upgrade Yosemite on your Mac.

1. Firstly, you need to know what model of Mac is compatible with OS X Yosemite


Please check the list below
  • iMac: mid-2007 or updated versions
  • MacBook: 13″ Late 2008 Aluminum, Early 2009 or updated versions
  • MacBook Pro: 13″ Mid-2009 or updated versions
  • MacBook Pro: 15″ Mid/Late 2007 or updated versions
  • MacBook Pro: 17″ Late 2007 or updated versions
  • MacBook Air: Late 2008 or updated versions
  • Mac Mini: Early 2009 or updated versions
  • Mac Pro: Early 2008 or updated versions
  • Xserve: Early 2009

If your device fits the list, you can theoretically upgrade OS X Yosemite.

2.Secondly, let’s figure what you should prepare before upgrading your operating system to OS X Yosemite.

Never undervalue the importance to backup data on the Mac before upgrading the operating system. If you really want to experience a smooth upgrade, you must choose the right backup software and have enough patience. Luckily, Apple app provides a lot of apps that can help you backup data in a fast and easy fashion. Of course, you may like to try some Apple cloud-based services that help you. Anyway, I decide to show you how to use Time Machine to backup Mac data.

Part 1: Backup through Time Machine


It is an inner built tool in Mac OS X which is capable of backing up and restoring data. Time Machine can work both with your Mac and an external drive, which require you connect your external drive to Mac. After that, launch this tool and order it to run the program, then this tool will immediately start to backup data on your Mac. The types of data should include the most of the common files, like documents, applications, accounts, preferences, email, messages, music, photos, and videos and so on. But that is not the most amazing part of using Time Machine back up data. This tool will record your old operating system look like, which means it not only simply record your data, your habit and preference are also been recorded accordingly by hours, months. Time Machine will keep backing up data until your drive didn’t have enough space. And when you decided to set these data in your upgraded new operating system it will keep every personal detail.

Part 2: Backup through External Drive Backup


Make sure you have an external drive that has at least twice space than Mac. Normally the 1TB externally will fit your requirements. And then, choose entirely or just partly move your data to the external hard drive. You may also need to check the format of your files to make sure there will be no unmovable files pops up during the transferring.

3.Thirdly, after finishing the preparation work, the last part should be the tips that help you successfully upgrade your OS X Yosemite.

You might meet problems at both the process of downloading the using OS X Yosemite. The professional suggestion is if you met problems during the download process, you’d better wait for Apple to fix it, properly take some time but it will reduce the chances other problems comes out in future.

Problem NO.1: After upgrading to OS X Yosemite, important data lost.

Our preparation work is mostly to prevent this situation happen. But what if the situation just happened? Don’t worry; we have methods to fix it.

If you were not very confident handle it all by yourself, I think it would be better to seek help from some professional software. You can try Data Recovery for Mac, you can download a free version or to purchase a fully functional version. Anyway, with its help, you can easily recover data like pictures, music, mails or other kinds of data you would like to be recovered. It is not a complicated software, you have every confident to handle it all by yourself without making a single mistake.

Problem NO.2: Many apps cannot sync through Yosemite’s iCloud.

This problem is quite common among Yosemite users. So Apple is making effective to improve iCloud in iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 Yosemite. I believe this problem will disappear in a short time. But still, we need to figure this out by ourselves currently. Let’s check my suggestion

Unfortunately, you can only choose to download Yosemite without using iCloud to avoid this problem; otherwise, there are not many options for you currently. For those people want to upgrade Yosemite as well as Ios Beta 8, seems like they have to wait until iCloud released a new version, then people can sync data from iCloud to Dropbox.

Problem NO.3: Password cannot be retaken

Solution: This problem is relatively easy to handle. You can try to go to the Mac App Store and find the Purchases tab, then you need to refresh it and find the information bar at the top which show “OS X Yosemite Beta 1”, click the download a new install package so that you can install it on your Mac again.

Problem NO.4: Unsuccessful download

Solution: First, you can try download at the network is not so crowded, like the early morning or later at the night. If you don’t want to sacrifice your sleeping time, the next things you can try is to flush DNS cache, renewing DHCP lease or change a VPN. These methods should be helpful.

Problem NO.5: Cannot access to the Beta program

Solution: The best way is to wait Apple to resolve the problem.

Problem NO.6: My software is not compatible with Yosemite

Solution: Check the list below which shows what kinds of software is compatible with OS X Yosemite. This will be helpful for you.


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