Upgrade to El Capitan from an old Mac

Discussion in 'macOS' started by maria4293, Jul 7, 2016.

  1. maria4293 macrumors newbie


    Jul 7, 2016
    Not entirely sure where to post my thread, but has anyone done the upgrade to El Capitan 10.11 from a Mac OS X 10.7.5?
  2. elf69 macrumors 68000


    Jun 2, 2016
    Cornwall UK
    Yes I have.

    machine actually performs slightly better now.

    But I do need more ram for some applications to run smooth
  3. Fishrrman macrumors G4


    Feb 20, 2009
    What Mac do you have?
    That's important infomration...
  4. maria4293 thread starter macrumors newbie


    Jul 7, 2016
    A MacBook Pro from 2012.
  5. Ebenezum, Jul 7, 2016
    Last edited by a moderator: Jul 7, 2016

    Ebenezum macrumors 6502a

    Mar 31, 2015
    I haven't tested upgrading 10.7.5 to El Capitan but I did update 10.6.8 to 10.11 on a old iMac (2007) and 10.11 needs a lot more RAM, 4 Gb is smallest practical amount with 10.11 while 10.6 run very well on 2 Gb.

    Since you seem to have 2012 model Macbook Pro 10.11 will work but you want to first check software compatibility, its likely some of the software isn't compatible...
  6. dsjr2006 macrumors regular

    Jun 29, 2007
    Metro Detroit
  7. Fishrrman, Jul 8, 2016
    Last edited: Jul 8, 2016

    Fishrrman macrumors G4


    Feb 20, 2009
    maria wrote:
    "A MacBook Pro from 2012"

    Is it a retina MBPro or a non-retina model?
    How much memory does it have?

    If it's a non-retina, you can upgrade the RAM (to 8gb) and the drive (to an SSD), and it will handle El Capitan quite well.

    But if it's a non-retina with a platter-based hard drive, you might be disappointed in the overall performance after the upgrade. The SSD will definitely fix that.

    An SSD is easy to put in, takes 15 minutes with the right tools.

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