Should I install Yosemite?

Discussion in 'OS X Yosemite (10.10)' started by BrentMc, Mar 16, 2015.

  1. BrentMc macrumors newbie

    Sep 20, 2014
    Citrus Heights, California USA
    I am new to macs and I bought a used 2008 iMac. 2.4 ghz 4gb.
    It has Mavericks on it. I heard a lot of people don't like Yosemite, but now I see they have a newer version. Should I upgrade? This machine has an old copy of iPhoto and it won't let me update it unless I upgrade to Yosemite.
  2. DiabBarca macrumors regular


    Oct 20, 2013
    Omdurman - Sudan
    iPhoto is abandoned to the entirely new -youtube it for reviews-
    Yosemite is running really smooth on my MBP mid 2012, but it doesn't mean it will do the same for ur machine. Any way, 4 more gigs of RAM will help you going through a smooth experience with Yosemite if you upgraded.
  3. carylee2002 macrumors member


    Jul 27, 2008
    Mid-2010 MBP

    I had Yosemite for about a month…not good on my machine. High heat and cpu fans running on high. I didn't like Mavericks either for similar reasons, so i switched back to Mtn Lion.
  4. Butchie-T macrumors regular

    Oct 29, 2014
    How about this?

    Do you have an external drive that you could format and install Yosemite on? if so, then download it and install it on the external drive and test drive it for a while. You can still keep your current OS on your native drive.

    If you find out you do not like it then you can wipe the external drive and you have not lost anything.

    I am currently doing that now. I have a 1TB Lacie Rugged Thunderbolt/USB 3.0 drive and it has 10.10.2 on it. I have Mavericks 10.9.5 on my internal drive and I swap back and forth between the two. There is a little lag using the external drive but not enough for me to be worried about.

    It works well.....
  5. Taz Mangus macrumors 68040

    Taz Mangus

    Mar 10, 2011
    This is the suggestion I also like to give. If you are unsure then test drive it for yourself. Everyone has different opinions and experiences with Yosemite that it gets hard to know what a user will encounter.

    You can also partition your internal hard drive and install Yosemite on the new partition. Test drive Yosemite and when you are done, boot back to the primary partition and then delete the partition where Yosemite was installed.

    Probably the best advice is to take a test drive. All you have to loose is a little bit of time and your primary install is not affected.

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