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Tips for OS X El Capitan 10.12 Update without Data Loss Issue

Updated on Dec 14, 2017 by Tracy King to Mac File Recovery


Are you feeling so exited about the new El Capitan version such as 10.12/10.11.6/10/11/2 for Mac devices? Are you looking for a secure way to update your present Mac OS X to El Capitan without any data loss issues? Here now, effective methods are available for you to update to El Capitan without losing any data. Read and find now.

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Check whether your Mac device is available for El Capitan update

Before you taking steps to update your present Mac OS X to El Capitan 10.12/10.11.6/10.11.2, it’s highly recommended for you to check whether your Mac device and present OS X is available for new El Capitan. You may check the below list and see whether your device or OS X can get El Capitan update or not:

Supported Mac devices:

  • iMac (Mid 2007 or newer)
  • MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, Early 2009, or newer)
  • MacBook Pro (Mid 2007 or newer)
  • MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer)
  • Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer)
  • Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer)
  • Xserve (Early 2009)

Available OS X for El Capitan:

  • OS X Yosemite v10.10
  • OS X Mavericks v10.9
  • OS X Mountain Lion v10.8
  • OS X Lion v10.7
  • Mac OS X Snow Leopard v10.6.8

If your Mac OS X and devices are just right on the list, then you can follow below tips to prepare your Mac OS ready for El Capitan update then.

Tip: prepare your Mac devices ready for El Capitan update

So now let’s see what should you do to prepare your Mac devices fully ready for the new El Capitan update and if this is your first time to update Mac OS X, please follow below tips carefully:

1. Leave at least 2GB memory and 8.8 GB storage space on your Mac;
2. Leave at least 45% battery on your Mac;
3. Connect Mac to internet or WiFi;
4. Update your Mac Apps to the latest versions;
5. Backup all your personal data and even create backups for your present Mac OS X through Time Machine.

It's vitally important to backup important data on Mac to external storage devices, which will certainly help to avoid data loss issues due to Mac OS X update. If you have forgotten to backup data, you may suffer data loss issue on Mac and you’ll need Mac data recovery software or tool to help you restore lost data back. So now you can update your present Mac OS X into El Capitan now. How? Follow tutorial steps.

Update Mac OS X to El Capitan

So now you can update your Mac OS X to El Capitan now. Follow below steps and then update to El Capitan with ease:

1. Go to Mac App Store and search El Capitan on Mac App Store or you can directly go the El Capitan page.

2. Click Download button for El Capitan. And here you can download the newest El Capitan or the exact version such as 10.12/10.11.6/10.11.2 etc and install on your Mac.
When the downloading process is finished, the El Capitan installer will open automatically.

3. Click Continue and follow the instructions on your Mac device screen to install El Capitan on your Mac.

Usually, the process will not take you too long and all you need is to wait patiently to let the El Capitan installation process to be accomplished on your Mac. After this, you can restore your Mac backups from Time Machine and get all those data back to your Mac so to reuse them again.

Extra offer: restore lost data after El Capitan update

This offer is specially designed for Mac users who have no backups or have forgotten to create data backup images while trying to update Mac OS X into a new version. Therefore, if you have no Mac data backup images and lost important data on Mac after El Capitan update, professional Mac data recovery software can help. 

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac dedicates to restore lost data for Mac users under complex circumstances such as data deletion, Mac hard drives formatting, storage devices corruption, even system crash or OS X reinstallation. This software is fully compatible with all Mac OS X such as El Capitan, Yosemite, Mavericks etc. Free download it and follows below steps to restore lost data after El Capitan update now.

Step 1. Where was data lost after operating system update? Choose the location and click Scan.

select the location where data lost after operating system update and click scan

Step 2. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac will immediately scan your selected disk volume and display the scanning results on the left pane.

scan the selected drive to find lost data

Step 3. After the scan, select the target files that were unknowingly lost during or after the update and click Recover Now button to get them all back.

click the recover now button to recover lost data after the operating system update