upgrade to yosemite or clean install

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  1. lokster macrumors 6502

    lokster

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    hey guys wondering which is better,

    to upgrade to yosemite from mavericks

    or to clean install yosemite

    i've got 1Tb hdd and over 600gb of data on this, i have several backups spread across several externals, although ever since consolidating my data onto one computer I've accumulated several gigs of data over time that is not backed up, i forgot which files though.


    i want to upgrade to yosemite but I'm not sure if its worth the risk, i don't want to go through installing everything and restoring my files all over again.

    I'm just hoping installing over mavericks won't make my system slower :(
     
  2. Lachhh macrumors regular

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    Simply upgraded, my install was perfect. Nothing's slower or glitched up at all.
    However, if you're already being so Adrien Monk about it, just go for a clean install. :rolleyes:
     
  3. lokster thread starter macrumors 6502

    lokster

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    i like the monk reference hahaha I'm still 50/50 although i don't want to go through the trouble of clean install and placing my files where they should be, imagine over 600gb of data to sort through, I've got my music, movies, photos, books and work documents and files all set already. just tying about it makes me tired.

    But I'm looking forward to yosemite, its what notifications center should have been in the first place
     
  4. simonsi macrumors 601

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    Either way it is likely it will be straightforward and work fine.

    I upgraded. Just have a backup before you do, that will be sensible on either route.
     
  5. theycallmetc macrumors newbie

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    I honestly don't remember how we used to upgrade Mac OS in the house back in the days of OS9 and most of the earlier OSXs, but for Mavericks and Yosemite I just upgraded and the process was painless.

    I do keep backups of everything, but haven't needed to use any.
     
  6. someoneoutthere macrumors regular

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    I upgraded. I've been experiencing a few glitches, but no biggie.
    I will do a clean install later next month to see if they will go away.
     
  7. lokster thread starter macrumors 6502

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    what kind of glitches???
     
  8. someoneoutthere macrumors regular

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    Boot / restart / shutdown takes significantly more time compared to Mavericks.
    When I shutdown/restart, the dock doesn't completely disappear, it gets stuck halfway in.
    Couple more that I can't remember just now, but like I said, no biggie.
     
  9. hamiltonDSi macrumors 65832

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    I did a clean install and I have this bug too.
    So no, it's not a bug because you upgraded, it's a bug in the OS.

    :)
     
  10. someoneoutthere macrumors regular

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    I see. My "upgrade" process was a bit troublesome. I have another friend who also did an upgrade on an older MBP but doesn't have any of the issues I mentioned in an earlier response in this thread. I don't know, and it doesn't really bother me as well :)
     
  11. maflynn Moderator

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    I upgraded as I've done in prior versions and I've not run into any issues.

    I think Apple has for the most part perfected the OS upgrade process, so its fairly bulletproof imo
     
  12. ttxtri macrumors newbie

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    I did a full backup and ran the upgrade. Only issue I have is when it starts up I get a white screen and a progress bar that takes sometimes up to 10 minutes to cycle through. Still can't figure out what it is. Functionality the upgrade is no problem at all once it is booted.
     
  13. yukyuklee macrumors 6502

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    Did a fresh install on the mac mini and upgraded on my macbook air none has issues. MBAir was from beta.
     
  14. s0nicpr0s macrumors regular

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    I have a similar boot-up, but I don't think mine has taken nearly so long to start up... yet. I think about 5 minutes is the most I've seen thus far.

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    Also, just did an upgrade from Mavericks. That was a clean install due to my hard drive dying last year, but Yosemite was upgraded from it.
     
  15. RedRaven571 macrumors 65816

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    I clean installed Mavericks last year but updated Yosemite over it this year (was too lazy to do clean install); so far, all is well.

    I have my bootable USB stick, just in case, though.
     
  16. Conutz macrumors member

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    Clean install and Time Machine - clean, fast and painless!
     

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