Jul 20 2011

A Detailed Guide To Prepare Your Mac For Mac OS X 10.7 Lion Upgrade

Apple, the well known brand in the tech world keeps adding to the long list of its cool offerings for gadget freaks. Without taking much of your time I would come to the point. There have been rumors of Apple rolling out its latest version of its desktop operating system, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion. Finally, Apple has launched its much awaited Mac OS X 10.7 Lion.

Well, the latest imminent from Apple  just launched, we at WebtabLab thought of asking all you loyal customers of Apple if your Mac is ready? Do you all know what all amazing features the latest version of Mac OS carries with it?

Quick look :

OS X Lion is an extensive upgraded version of Apple OS X operating system that brings across-the-board changes in OS. The latest OS X version includes features like full-screen applications, launchpad and gesture support. The list of cool features doesn’t end here. There is a whole bunch of 250 new features of OS X Lion and it will be available exclusively from the Mac App Store with the price tag of $29.99.

If your answer to the above stated answer is ‘No’ then guys you need to pull up your socks before it’s late and you see your next seat neighbor enjoying the cool features of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion and you making your Mac ready for the upgrade.

To help you all do the homework and make your Mac ready for the amazing change here we are listing down simple steps. Scroll down if you are curious to read them out.

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1. System and Application Updates

Before upgrading Lion, check for major software updates to your OS and to the programs and devices used by you quite often. Update your system with the Apple Mac OS X 10.6.8, it’s a required update before you download Lion OS from the Mac App Store.

Updating your system is a simple process that doesn’t eat up much of your time. Simply click on the Apple menu and select ‘Software Update’. Install any of the updates for your system and Apple applications. The next step you need to follow is that you got to check for updates in the programs you frequently use.

Just click on the ‘Updates’ button in Mac App Store’s toolbar and you can go ahead with updating if any. Updating apps and utilities because it’s vital as only the latest versions will work with Lion.

2. Clearing Up Disk Space

If you all know, Lion is about a 4GB download and to be on the safe side, it is advisable to have minimum 10 to12 GB free disk space. To clear up the disk space, you can use programs like DaisyDisk or DiskWave that will help you get the clear idea of which all files and folders are eating up some extra space.

If you don’t want to totally delete the files and folders that are consuming much space in your system, shifting them to the Dropbox is highly suggestive. Or else you can delete the files/folders that are of no use to you.

3. Check App Compatibility

Undeniably, Lion is different and upgraded version of Snow Leopard. If you are the one using Leopard, you will have to check if the apps you are using in the current scenario would work with the Lion. You need not much bother about how to check the compatibility. The app developers have prepared updates to let you check as to which app will work, and which won’t.

You can check out the community wiki, RoaringApps which is the database/compatibility wiki for apps and Mac OS X 10.7 Lion. Users of the Lion Developer Previews and the Golden Master can comment on how well (or how poorly) apps work with Lion. It helps a great deal in potential fixes for apps that might not be Lion compatible.

4. No more PowerPC Apps

This might be a bad news for few of you as Apple is officially dropping support for Rosetta with the launch of Lion OS X. Rosetta as you all know enables users run older PowerPC apps on Intel Macs but no more as these will not work with Mac OS X 10.7 Lion.

Users will need to find replacement apps, upgrade to newer versions or keep a second-hard drive around to boot into Snow Leopard when needed. So, if you are all set to update your system with Mac OS X 10.7 Lion then get ready to say goodbye to the PowerPC Apps and look for replacements now!

5. Backup

Well, this is the last step of your homework before you finally install the Mac OS X 10.7 Lion. You got to be really serious and keep the backup of your system disk. To avoid the scenario when you try accessing files and folders after updating your system to find that you are unable to keeping a backup is suggested. None of us would want to face such situation right? And I am sure, you all were well prepared to undertake the backup task. You can go for smart picks as hard drives today don’t prick your pockets.

Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard’s Time Machine makes it easy to make continuous backups of your files, folders and applications. Also, you can create bootable clone of your current hard drive with SuperDuper ($27.95 ) or Carbon Copy Cloner (free).

Carbon Copy Cloner creates an exact replica of your current hard drive, just launch the app and then select your ‘Source Disk’. Select your external hard drive as your Target Disk and exact backup of all of your files, folders and applications is made. Thereafter you can make the hard drive bootable, click the Clone button that’s it!

With this we come to an end of the steps you should follow or I must say the part of homework you need to do before you are all set to install Mac OS X 10.7 Lion. So, what’s the wait for prepare your Mac for the new treat and enjoy!

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