Although upgrading your Mac system is beneficial in most situations, it is also quite risky. If the system upgrade fails, you will suffer frustrating data loss. So, in this article, we will teach you 6 effective tips to prevent such data loss.
Many Mac users prefer to keep their system up-to-date. It is indeed has multiple advantages, such as escaping from the vulnerabilities of old version of system and achieving the new features of new one. Nevertheless, it has its disadvantages, one of which is that Mac system can get stuck, freeze or fail in the upgrade process. In that case, you will be likely to suffer serious Mac data loss. Here we will expose 6 essential tips for avoiding data loss from system upgrade failure.
1. Check whether your Mac supports the new operating system
First of all, you have to ensure whether your Mac machine is available for the new operating system or not. If you force to install the new operating system on the incompatible Mac, system upgrade will surely get stuck, freeze or fail. Subsequently, data loss will follow as a terrible consequence.
2. Check whether your Mac has enough memories and resources
Moreover, you ought to check out if your Mac device has sufficient memory and other resources like storage space. In general, it demands at least 2 GB memory and 8.8 GB storage space. Otherwise, system download or install will tend to freeze or fail.
3. Keep your Mac powered on in the upgrade process
Like the above tip, you should also confirm that your Mac can be kept powered in the system upgrade course. Generally speaking, it requires at least the 45 % battery on your Mac. Also, if you can afford it, it is advisable to equip your Mac with an uninterruptible power supply (UPS).
4. Ensure your Mac hard drive is intact
The installation of operating system will certainly take up some storage space on your Mac hard drive. Therefore, if your drive is not in good health, for instance, it having many bad sectors, the new system will be susceptible to fail. So you had better use the inbuilt tool – Disk Utility, to scan and fix the drive before upgrading.
5. Defrag your Mac hard drive before upgrading
When upgrading Mac system, a lot of files will be written and deleted from the Mac hard drive, which will tend to generate excessive fragmentation. In that case, excessive fragmentation will straightly lead to drive damage and then cause data loss. Therefore, it is suggested to defrag the Mac drive in prior to operating system upgrade.
6. Back up your Mac hard drive data
Last but not least, one of the most important precautions is to back up your Mac drive data before upgrading operating system. Data backups will play a great role in the event of data loss. More specifically, if the system upgrade fails and data is lost, you can easily recover the data from backups, such as to recover Outlook data from PST backups. Therefore, never look down upon data backups.
Shirley Zhang is a data recovery expert in DataNumen, Inc., which is the world leader in data recovery technologies, including recover SQL Server and outlook repair software products. For more information visit www.datanumen.com