How long *should* Capitan install take?

Discussion in 'OS X El Capitan (10.11)' started by Rantipole, Oct 21, 2015.

  1. Rantipole macrumors 6502

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    My install is taking around 3 or 4 hours at this point.

    I've shut down, restarted, and the install appears to have started again where it left off. The status bar is around 80-90% done and has been there most of the time, pre- and post-reboot.

    Anyway, I've done a lot of searching in the forums and elsewhere and seen a lot of discussion of various long installs. 2, 3, 8 hours or more.

    What I want to know is: how long SHOULD it take? I have an older mac, but how long would it take in a newer model? 1/2 hour? 1 hour? Anyone know?
     
  2. Rantipole thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Well, it took around 8 hours for me, maybe a little longer. I am on an older mac. Still, it would be interesting to hear long it should take.
     
  3. tom vilsack macrumors 68000

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    2010 11" base macbook air,clean install from usb...20 min
     
  4. simonsi macrumors 601

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    Early 2011 13" w/SSD, upgrade from Yosemite, 30min give or take once downloaded.
     
  5. simonsi macrumors 601

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    ....and a further 20mins after download to update to 10.11.1 just now
     
  6. jk73 macrumors 6502

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    After the download (~50 minutes), it took about 20 minutes for me on a 2012 rMBP.
     
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    How much RAM do all you 20/30 minute people have? I only have 4GB. I wonder if that was the problem.

    EDIT: Just saw SSD and clean install. No fair, you guys!
     
  8. Morpheo macrumors 6502a

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    About 20+ minutes here, not including download time, and regardless of the Mac model (see my sig...)
     
  9. GuilleA macrumors newbie

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    About 30 minutes. I did a fresh install, no upgrade. 8 hours seems excessive. Are you using a HDD or an SSD? If HDD, bad sectors could be the cause.
     
  10. simonsi macrumors 601

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    It wasn't any different to any of the upgrades I had done over previous OS versions tbh. I can see the SSD speeding things up a tad but the upgrade time has been the same on my 16GB MBP, 4GB MBA and 8GB iMac...I agree that you may have a disk issue.
     
  11. Morpheo macrumors 6502a

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    I only have an SSD in my mac mini - my Mac Pros are still with HDs (soon to be replaced by SSDs though ;)). My 1,1 has 16GB, 5,1 has 40GB, mini has 8GB. No clean install either.
     
  12. golfnut1982 macrumors regular

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    My download was slow at first. I canceled it and rebooted. Started it again, went to eat dinner, came back about 30 min later, all done.
     
  13. hallux macrumors 68020

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    My MBP took 30 minutes. I didn't pay attention to how long the Mini took.
     
  14. DotCom2 macrumors 68030

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    I have a 27 retina iMac late 2014. 3TB Fusion.
    It's been 2 hours downloading now and only about 70% downloading.
    I'm getting worried.
    I'm on 75/75 Verizon Fios via Ethernet.
    This is not making sense to me.
     
  15. dwfaust macrumors 68040

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    The install file was over 5GB, so you have the download time. That alone will be completely subjective, based on your network speed, server traffic, etc. If I recall, the download took me some 2 hours or so. One thing that I've heard was helpful for a really slow download is to cancel the download and then start over in the App Store. The download will actually resume at the point it was cancelled, and is reported to run much quicker from that point (YMMV).

    The actual install was about half an hour, once the download was completed.
     
  16. DotCom2 macrumors 68030

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    OMG! After 3 hours of downloading and still going I see this post. I paused, waited a minute and resumed and wow, it started going really fast and finished!
    THANK YOU FOR YOUR VERY HELPFUL POST.
     
  17. Mcmeowmers macrumors 6502

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    30 minutes on 2015. The recent update took almost the same time actually!
     
  18. Rantipole thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Should I run some sort of optimization before updating to 10.11.1?
     
  19. c8rlo macrumors 6502

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    ~45min., upgraded via App Store. Mid-2010 13" MBP 8GB Ram & 256GB SSD
     
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    Not a bad idea to use Disk Utility to run first aid on the disk before any updates. This will show you any disk errors.
     

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