FINALLY: Upgrading iMac ('07) from 10.6.8 to Yosemite, BUT...

Discussion in 'OS X Yosemite (10.10)' started by Jodeo, Jul 4, 2015.


How should he do it?

  1. Wipe it clean: Nuke it from orbit -- it's the only way to be sure.

    8 vote(s)
  2. Upgrade Now: We're running out of time!

    0 vote(s)
  3. Either: Fellers, I'm with y'all."

    1 vote(s)
  1. Jodeo macrumors regular


    Sep 12, 2003
    Middle Tennessee
    I am about to update my 2007 iMac from Snow Leopard (10.6.8) to Yosemite. The iMac has 4GB RAM and I plan to go to 6GB based on recommendations around the web (since that's the max).

    For the past 6-9 months the iMac has been running real sluggish. Activity Monitor indicates memory leaks with Java, Fonts, and even Safari. I have no idea what caused this, and I've nuked about 2/3rds of the fonts I had installed. Prior to this the iMac ran quite smooth.

    My question is this: Should I rebuild the hard drive with 10.6.8 all nice and clean and THEN upgrade to Yosemite? I'd like to rid myself of years and years of 'baggage' dating back to computer migrations from the late 20th century (literally) and start fresh. My natural concern is having to (a) then manually retrieve a lot of files that I need as I go and (b) the inconvenience of having Safari/Keychain relearn passwords.

    Does it make more sense to go that route, or should I just soldier ahead as-is? I have an external drive, so I'll clone this drive first before doing anything.
  2. jf1450 macrumors regular

    Aug 25, 2012
    As an old corporate IT guy I'm probably more anal than most but I'd start from scratch. I can't stand to have dated useless garbage laying around my drives. I got a new MBP a week ago and erased the disk and reinstalled the OS twice in order to thoroughly wipe out a couple things I did that I didn't like and wanted to insure that there were no traces of it laying around.

    Sure, it'll be a lot of work for you up front but in the long run since you're asking, you'll probably be happier. Think long term.

  3. itsOver9000 macrumors 6502


    Mar 29, 2013
    B.F., KS
    I picked "Nuke it from orbit" just because I love Aliens!

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