How Stable is it?

Discussion in 'macOS Sierra (10.12)' started by Aeparker, Aug 27, 2016.

  1. Aeparker macrumors newbie

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    I'm am debating on installing the Mac OS Sierra public beta. All the new features look great. I held off on installing it because I didn't want to deal with bugs. This is the 7th update. How stable is it? I have a early 2015 iMac. I am a photographer, so I need my all of my Adobe software to work. Should I install or should I wait?
     
  2. Revo Runner macrumors newbie

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    just partition your drive about 15gigs and install it there, this is what I did so if you don't like it you can just delete the partition. I really like it, I have beta 6 installed today. So far pretty stable and no malfunctions "yet"

    if you are concerned about stableness and such never install beta any OS. I have been using Sierra exclusively for about 3 months now.
     
  3. Aeparker thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I thought about doing the partition but I want to be able to use it with all of my current data. I guess I can migrate everything over. Then if I like it just get rid of the other partition.
     
  4. ajay96 macrumors 6502

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    You could use Carbon Copy Cloner to clone your entire hard drive onto an external device, and then upgrade. If you don't like it, you can always revert to the cloned device's contents.
     
  5. flowrider, Aug 27, 2016
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    flowrider macrumors 601

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    Unless you have a second drive and are backed up on that drive, I would not do it. With that being said, I have been using Sierra as my daily driver since PB4. It's stable and working quit well for me. However, I do have multiple drives, and have current start-up SSDs containing both El Cap and Yosemite. And my data os stored on a couple of HDDs.

    Lou
     
  6. leman macrumors 604

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    I've been using the developer preview for weeks now, haven't had a single issue so far. For my purpose at least, its as stable as it gets.
     
  7. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

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    That should be easy to debate. You should *never* install beta software on a machine you use for work.
     
  8. shoes222 macrumors member

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    As of Beta 6, Sierra has been extremely stable. There is very little difference in performance and stability in the latest beta vs release software.
     
  9. fisherking macrumors 603

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    PB beta 6 here has been pretty stellar as well (had some bad experiences in PB beta 4...shudder). but presently, really good experience....
     
  10. Fishrrman macrumors G4

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    Revo wrote:
    "just partition your drive about 15gigs and install it there"

    I'd suggest a slightly larger partition, say 20-24gb, for a bit more "headroom".
    Or, install to a partition on an external drive, or even a USB flashdrive (will be slower, but usable).

    I've only experimented a little with Sierra. My install seems stable, but my El Capitan install runs beautifully, stable, fast, so -- no real incentive to switch over to Sierra as of yet.

    Just as a matter of opinion, seems like I prefer "the last, most stable version" of the OS to the latest-and-greatest. I don't mind being "behind the curve", but then again, I'm old and slow... ;)
     
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  12. Aeparker thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I keep my data on multiple drives. I'm currently installing macOS Sierra on a different partition. I'm going to migrate my data to the new partition and see how I like it. If it's stable enough and I like it, I will continue to use it.
     
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  14. martinocando macrumors regular

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    Also a photographer, and graphics artist here. No issues whatsoever. I also waited until it was stable enough, so I went from El Capitan all the way up to PB6. No issues with my full Creative Cloud suite. Only minor pitfall was the Colormunki display driver, which was crashing upon startup, but a removal and clean install fixed it.

    Same thing with Mail. I simply deleted all the accounts, and reconfigured them. Working flawlessly ever since.
     
  15. dogslobber macrumors 68020

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    Some people gave to.
     
  16. Roller macrumors 68020

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    I installed Sierra on my MacBook Air last week. I don't use this computer as much as my desktops, so if things went south I could afford to be without it for a day or so. However, it was one of the smoothest OS X/macOS upgrades I've done in years. So far, I haven't found anything problematic.
     
  17. fisherking macrumors 603

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    ha. i always run the betas on my mac (and iphone), my one-&-only mac; sometimes, things get... complicated, but still, no regrets. makes life interesting (at least).
     
  18. CapnDavey macrumors 6502

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    This is why I installed it on a separate hard drive so I could test it I figure most people would do the same.
     
  19. chriscrowlee macrumors 65816

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    I'm with you. In general, it's the most stable OS X beta path in years. Oops, I mean "mac OS" hehe.

    But then again, the "new features" of .12, .11, .10 have been fewer and further between, so I'd expect this sort of cleaner transition. They're not building from the ground up, they're just enhancing previous versions.
     
  20. mikecwest macrumors 6502a

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    I always see that question asked, and to be honest, I would say that it is as equally stable as any other version released n the past 8 years. I always install the newest beta, at the earliest possible time. I never have stability issues.

    I don't use expensive adobe products, so I can not vouch for them, but I know Acrobat works...
     
  21. CRaSHeR36 macrumors member

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    I work in creative, and all my adobe CC apps work flawlessly... no stability issues. I upgraded from El Cap to PB 6 and am now on PB 7.
     
  22. flowrider macrumors 601

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    ^^^^Except Get Photos from Camera still doesn't work. You have to use Import from Device. Not convenient. Only downloads the jpg not the raw files. And does not put them in a folder. Adobe is aware of this and is avoiding fixing the issue, blaming Apple. It's been this way since El Cap. Shame on Adobe.

    Lou
     
  23. CRaSHeR36 macrumors member

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    Yes you are correct.... but as this has been an issue since El Cap, it's not a new issue introduced by using the beta software.... so, to answer the original question, no, no issues introduced so far with using the PB of Sierra :)
     
  24. KetchupRob macrumors newbie

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    I installed to an external drive a while back and it was just painfully slow.
     
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