Latest operating system was launched by tech giant Apple named OS X 10.11 EI Capitan. Apple released the latest OS especially for its Macintosh series of laptops. Similar to the previous operating systems, they will be available for free downloading and installation for Apple users. Just like every other newly introduced Operating Systems, this one also provides certain enhancements by offering innovative window organizing, improved Spotlight search, betterments offered in system performance and many more.
The new OS is available mainly in two options. One option gives you the opportunity of upgrading, where you are able to upgrade from your current OS to the much better OS X EI Capitan. Another option is to have a fresh installation. I recommend this option over upgradation, since it gives you an overall freshness to your system by removing all the junk files from it. This option also prevents wastage of storage space by third party applications and also guarantees that your system performs without any software lags. So let us see how you can download and install the new OS in your Apple Mac.
The first and foremost thing that you have to do is to check whether your Apple PC can support the latest OS. The official site of Apple clarified that Macs running on OS X Yosemite can have the update without any problem. Along with this Apple also enlisted certain devices which are compatible to the latest OS. The list of devices is as follows:
- iMac (2007 and later)
- MacBook (13-inched Aluminium – End of 2008), (13-inched – 2009 and later)
- MacBook Pro (13-inched Halfway 2009 and after), (15-inched Halfway 2007 and after), (17-inched end of 2007 and later)
- MacBook Air (End of 2008 and after)
- Mac Mini (2009 and after)
- Mac Pro (2008 and after)
- Xserve (2009 and later)
Device Specifics and Downloading new OS
After checking the compatibility, now you have to confirm the device specifics. You must require a USB flash drive with a free space of atleast 8GB. You must also have spare space in your removable hard drive to save all your personal data to it. After checking these features, now you can download the new OS X 10.11 EI Capitan from Mac App Store. Users also have to download DiskMaker X, which you can locate in Apple website.
Have a Copy of Personal Data
Prevention is always better than cure. When you have decided to continue with update, it is always recommended to have a copy of your data. Usually nothing will go wrong while upgrading. But still, if you have an extra copy of all your relevant data, then it can mitigate any chance of risk. If you want you can rely on third party apps for the back-up purpose. These third party applications include SuperDuper, Carbon Copy Cloner and Apple’s Time Machine. If you are opting for clean installation, then backing data is essential, since fresh installation results in formatting your hard disk.
Making Bootable USB
Now it is time to create bootable USB, which can be used to install EI Capitan. For this purpose you have to select Diskmaker X. This will inquire about the version of OS that you use to make bootable drive. You have to select it as EI Capitan 10.11. This will help the application to find out installer file from your folders. Alternatively you can also guide Diskmaker X to EI Capitan Installer manually also. After that the application will ask for the type of gadget which has to be used as bootable disk. You have to select either USB drive or external memory storage from that list. When you select the appropriate storage device, Diskmaker X will initiate the making of bootable USB.This may consume some time. Normally it may take nearly fifteen minutes to make the bootable disk. There will no sign of percentage of copying done or percentage left to copy. So the user has to wait patiently for the process to complete. When process ends, Diskmaker X will inform you through pop-up message. Now you will be able to see your bootable drive on the system display. Now you are ready to perform the installation.
Before starting with the installation process, you may have to Restart your system. When the system starts, you have to hold down the Option Key, which you can find on keyboard. From the screen displayed, you have to click and select EI Capitan bootable drive from the option. This will take you to another screen labeled OS X Utilities. From this window you have to select and open Disk Utitlity. Now you have to tap on the system hard drive of the system and select Erase option which you can see on the top of the window.When you are finished with above steps, you can close down to Disk Utility. Now you have to select the option of Install OS X. Now you will be taken through the procedural formalities to have a clean installation of the new OS. The process is simple but it will take some time. Once you have completed with fresh installation process, you have to restart your system. After restarting you will have to go through certain other features like initiating the function of iCloud, you have to confirm the terms and conditions of this new OS. When you are finally finished, you will be shown the newest wallpaper of newest OS X EI Capitan.