Getting Ready For macOS Sierra

Apple macOS Sierra is due to hit the streets tomorrow. Before you upgrade, you should make sure that your Mac is ready for the upgrade. Assuming you meet the system requirements, here’s what you need to do to get ready:

  1. Update your Mac: Make sure that your Mac has all the up to date patches and system updates not only for the OS, but for applications too. In terms of the latter, this website can help you with that, as well as let you know if the application will work with macOS Sierra.
  2. Run a disk checking utility: For most Mac users, this means Disk Utility. But you can also use Diskwarrior which is my utility of choice. This way, you ensure that your disk is healthy prior to the upgrade.
  3. Back up your Mac: System updates should work 100% of the time. But sometimes they can go sideways. Thus having a backup is vital. You can use Time Machine with an external hard drive, or you can use a third party application such as the ones from this article that I wrote a few years ago. Another reason to backup is that if you hate macOS Sierra, you have a fall back strategy.

It sounds simple and it is. If you do these three things, you can feel free to upgrade via the Apple App Store sometime after 1PM on September 20th which is when macOS Sierra will be available. After you upgrade, take some time to run all your applications to confirm that everything works. Sometimes, you’ll trip over an application that you need which doesn’t work. At that point, you may need to see if there’s an update for the app or do a reinstall. 

Are there any other tips that you’d suggest? If so, post a comment and share your tips.

 

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