How many times can you download Sierra? (Multiple drives)

Discussion in 'macOS Sierra (10.12)' started by Windybreezy, Oct 5, 2016.

  1. Windybreezy macrumors newbie

    Oct 5, 2016
    How many times can you download Sierra? I have several hard drives and 2 MBP's.

    My original disk is a "Snow Leopard", and I am now on Yosemite 10.10.5 for the only MBP I am using currently. The 2nd MBP os broken, but I may fix it.

    Thx, Windy
  2. Takuro macrumors 6502


    Jun 15, 2009
    The last paid upgrade for OS X was Mountain Lion. Everything from Mavericks onward has been free. So long as you're logged into the Mac App Store, there's never been a limit on how many times you can download on app, including the OS X installer.

    I'm not clear on whether in your first sentence, you're referring to a computer that was already upgraded from Snow Leopard to Yosemite. If you have Yosemite, it's a direct upgrade. If you're on Snow Leopard, you need to move to El Capitan first.

    "Upgrading from OS X Snow Leopard
    If you’re running Snow Leopard (10.6.8) and your Mac supports macOS Sierra, you will need to upgrade to El Capitan first."
  3. benji888 macrumors 68000


    Sep 27, 2006
    United States
    Why not just make yourself a USB thumb drive installer? Download once, install as many times as you like, easiest way is to get DiskMakerX (free), and you just need a 8GB (or larger) USB thumb drive (I've used SD cards also, can be faster on a Mac that only has USB 2), here's a blog post on it, (no not working for or promoting anyone, it's free):

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