Mac OS X Mavericks: Prepare Your Mac for the upgrade to 10.9

Mac OS X Mavericks: Prepare Your Mac for the upgrade to 10.9

In this screencast tutorial I cover how to prepare your Mac for an upgrade to OS X Mavericks (10.9). With Apple set to release Mavericks in the coming week or two I thought I would go over some of the things you can do to prepare for the update including making sure you Mac Hardware qualifies, checking your software, checking your drive and permissions, and making a bootable back up of your main hard drive in case your upgrade doesn’t go well.

I will be doing a series on Mavericks Server when it comes out and this tutorial should set you up for that upgrade as well.

As always thanks for watching. If you find this tutorial helpful please like, favorite and share it with others. Feel free to leave any comments or questions and I’ll do my best to answer them.
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  1. Mark 612 89 says:

    BRILLIANT VID!!!

  2. F4T4L Gaming says:

    Do u know how to do it for a MAC G4?

  3. Todd Olthoff says:

    With the Apple Event next week and the launch of OS X Mavericks 10.9 right
    around the corner, I thought I would do a screencast on how to prep your
    Mac for the upgrade. I’m sure there are probably others things people do to
    get ready for an upgrade (like waiting for the first update:) but I thought
    I would do this basic walk through just in case.

  4. RossBoss74 says:

    i cant get disk utilities either aaaahhhhhhh

  5. lukman abdul faqih says:

    Hi todd thx for your tutorial ,
    i had problem with my browser firefox after i updated os 10.6 to maverick,
    when i opened some website sometime couldnt be open and then suddenly
    freeze , and then it was close my browser automaticlly , for others browser
    its not problem only specific browser i guest , fyi im not clean install my
    i mac

  6. Todd Olthoff says:

    With the Apple Event next week and the launch of OS X Mavericks 10.9 right
    around the corner, I thought I would do a screencast on how to prep your
    Mac for the upgrade. Hopefully some of these tips help you in your prep for
    upgrading.

  7. Todd Olthoff says:

    With the Apple Event next week and the launch of OS X Mavericks 10.9 right
    around the corner, I thought I would do a screencast on how to prep your
    Mac for the upgrade. Hopefully some of these tips help you in your prep for
    upgrading.

  8. Raymondryan Ventura says:

    How do i UPGRADE MAC PLS TELL ME HOW

  9. Todd Olthoff says:

    With the Apple Event next week and the launch of OS X Mavericks 10.9 right
    around the corner, I thought I would do a screencast on how to prep your
    Mac for the upgrade. Hopefully some of these tips help you in your prep for
    upgrading.

  10. SeerCrazyness says:

    Will I lose all my stuff if I upgrade my Mac to higher versions?

  11. youngpain1000 says:

    If I upgrade to Maverick will I lose all my pictures,music & files Etc. ?

  12. Todd Olthoff says:

    With the Apple Event next week and the launch of OS X Mavericks 10.9 right
    around the corner, I thought I would do a screencast on how to prep your
    Mac for the upgrade. Hopefully some of these tips help you in your prep for
    upgrading.

  13. Donna Brooks says:

    Oh, that tip about turning on privacy for the external HD clone in the
    Spotlight System Prefs so Spotlight doesn’t index it is GREAT advice! I
    would never have thought of that. This is a great tutorial. Thank you.

  14. Donna Brooks says:

    I just paused the video to go check out the Roaring Apps website, and that
    alone made this video worth watching! This is exactly the solution I’ve
    been wanting for finding out whether the apps I love and use daily on Snow
    Leopard will still work if I upgrade to Mavericks. The compatibility part
    at the beginning isn’t relevant to me b/c I keep getting the prompt from
    the App Store to upgrade and it wouldn’t do that if my system was
    incompatible. Unfortunately, not every app I use regularly is listed on
    Roaring Apps. I did find one called Afloat, which will not work. So far I
    have only gone through the ‘A’s and ‘W’s. I was surprised to not see
    Notational Velocity or Wunderlist when I did searches for them, but that
    may just be a problem with the search feature, so I am going to go through
    the entire catalog to see if any of my current apps show up in the
    listings. I am pretty certain, based on what I know now, that I will only
    download and try out Mavericks if it’s on a virtual machine within Snow
    Leopard. I am not about to upgrade and lose Snow Leopard and my fave apps
    that only run on OS 10.6!

  15. RossBoss74 says:

    what if i do have power pc

  16. RicheUK says:

    thanks, great video

  17. TEN1479 says:

    I have an early 2008 white Macbook. Guess I shouldn’t do it, thanks for the
    video. 

  18. Emtildeath6666 says:

    At last. Apple release a free service pack.

  19. Irvin S says:

    Hey Todd thanks for the tutorial! My only trouble here is that I have to
    pay 27 dollars for Super Duper when I click Copy Now. Do you have other
    backup programs I can use for free? Also, I have my files backed up via
    Time Machine. Isn’t that sufficient? Hope you respond very soon since i
    wanna upgrade to Mavericks to use my Logic right away. Thanks man! :)

  20. FutureArtist says:

    Oh also, would repairing disk permissions mess anything up in your mac?

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