upgrade to Mojave with a 7200 rpm drive?

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  1. rte4236 macrumors newbie

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    I have a late 2013 imac 27 3.2 GHz Intel Core i5 running el capitan. 1TB 7200rpm drive. Would like to upgrade to Mojave, but keep hearing about all these issues of the machine running slow.
    Should I do it or am I asking for trouble?
     
  2. Fishrrman macrumors P6

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    I'd get an EXTERNAL USB3 SSD (either 250 or 500gb, depending on your budget).
    Then, I'd install Mojave onto it.

    Now, you can "test run" Mojave from the SSD (which will be MUCH MUCH faster than your internal 7200 HDD!), and at the same time keep your old OS, in case you encounter problems.
     
  3. Toutou macrumors 6502a

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    Mojave runs like crap on a HDD, sorry. Actually, is El Capitan any better? Maybe you're just used to it.

    My dad was complaining about the slowness of his HDD-equipped Mac Mini, so I installed Mojave on an external SSD, put it on top of the Mini and off he went, so yeah, that works like a charm.
     
  4. jwolf6589 macrumors 68000

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    Slow for boot up, installing and updating apps and updating the os. Also slow for running MS Office apps. If you are running a business I’d go SSD. If not I can live with the patience. But you are better off to use IWorks apps and apple mail instead on a HDD.
     
  5. jwolf6589 macrumors 68000

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    SSDS are not that much faster with running MS Office apps! In Windows 10 on a SSD it takes like less than 5 seconds to launch Excel.
     
  6. jwolf6589 macrumors 68000

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    Windows 10 runs better on a HDD than Mojave.
     
  7. getrealbro, Dec 13, 2018
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    I recently updated our late 2013 imac 27 3.2 GHz Intel Core i5 with a 1TB 7200rpm drive from El Capitan 10.11.6 to Mojave 10.14.2. If anything, our iMac is a little faster with Mojave.

    If you are in doubt. Buy a $25 128GB MircoSD and do a fresh install of Mojave on it. Then install your "can't live without" apps and give it a trial. Your iMac will run a little faster when you boot from the MicroSD. If you don't need your SD slot you can keep running from the MicroSD which acts like a cheap ($25) SSD for your the OS, Apps etc. And if you do need your SD slot, you can buy a 3 port USB hub with a SD and MicroSd slots for another $25. That's how I'm running Mojave on our Mini with a 5400rpm spinner.

    GetRealBro
     

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