Q: How can I install or upgrade to macOS Catalina?
"I have heard that Apple has released a brand new macOS version that is available for download. Can someone tell me how to install macOS Catalina 10.15 on my MacBook Pro?"
After the new release of macOS Catalina, this is something that a lot of people have asked us. Since Apple's new offering is pretty cutting-edge and comes with tons of new-age features, almost everyone wants to update their system to macOS Catalina. Though, you should be extremely careful while running the macOS Catalina installer. One wrong move and you might end up suffering from unwanted issues like the permanent loss of your data. Don't worry – I'm here to help you with this ultimate guide on how to update/install macOS Catalina that will answer every query of yours.
Before you start the installation process, there are certain things that you need to take care of. For instance, you should check if your Mac is compatible with macOS Catalina or it has enough free space on it or not.
First things first – make sure that your Mac would support the new OS or not. Ideally, if your system runs on macOS Mojave (except 2010-12 Mac Pros), then it would be compatible with macOS 10.15 too. Here are all the devices that would support the new macOS Catalina:
You mustn't have a lot of unwanted space on your Mac before upgrade to macOS Catalina. Simply follow these suggestions to clean up your system quickly:
There are times when users end up losing their data while upgrading to a new operating system. If you don't want to encounter a similar situation, then consider taking a backup of your data beforehand. To do this, you can either manually move your files somewhere else or use Time Machine. Simply attach an external hard drive to your Mac and launch Time Machine on it. From here, you can take an extensive backup of your Mac to the attached media.
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If you wish to do a macOS Catalina upgrade, then you might be asked your Apple ID for verification. Therefore, you should know your Apple ID and password in advance. You can go to the iCloud application on your Mac to check the same. Furthermore, you can visit the Account Details option from here to know more about the linked Apple account.
To successfully install macOS Catalina, you need a 4 GB RAM on your system and at least 12.5 GB free space on the hard drive. Although, macOS Yosemite users would need at least 18.5 GB of free space instead. You can go to Finder > About This Mac > Storage section to see how much empty space is there on your Mac. If it is packed with too much data, then you can delete any unwanted content from its hard drive.
If you are already using a stable version of macOS, then you can just upgrade to the latest macOS Catalina easily. To do this, you can go to the official website of Apple, visit the Mac's App Store, or go to its Software Update settings. Once you have taken care of all the above-mentioned prerequisites, simply follow these steps to learn how to update to macOS Catalina.
Apart from just upgrading macOS on their system, some users choose to perform a clean install instead. The macOS Catalina upgrade would retain the user data, apps, third-party app data, and so on. If your Mac has inherited some problems, then an upgrade won't be able to fix it. In this case, you can perform a clean installation of macOS Catalina 10.15 from scratch.
Kindly note that a fresh installation of macOS would remove all the existing data, apps, or saved settings from your system. Therefore, you should know these things in advance:
The process to clean install macOS Catalina can be divided into two parts – firstly we will create a bootable media for it and later would use the same to install macOS.
Unlike a macOS Catalina upgrade, the clean install process would be a bit tedious. Once you have taken a backup of your data, follow these steps to download the macOS Catalina installer and create a bootable media.
After when the bootable media is created, you can take its assistance to clean install macOS Catalina on your system. For this, you can just boot your Mac in the Recovery Mode and install the OS copy on it.
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By now, you would be able to install macOS Catalina on your system pretty easily. Though, there are times when users end up losing their data in the process. In this case, you can take the assistance of a data recovery tool to get back your lost content. Here are some of the possible reasons for losing your data in the process.
It doesn't matter if your data has been lost due to a frozen Mac or corrupt installation, you can easily get it back with Recoverit Data Recovery. It is a professional data recovery tool that is known for its exceptional results. It supports the recovery of all kinds of files under every possible scenario. All you got to do is install the application and follow these steps to recover your data.
Firstly, launch Recoverit Data Recovery for Mac and pick where you wish to look for any lost content. If you want, you can pick the entire Macintosh HD or any specific folder/partition as well.
As you would start the scan, Recoverit will take the needed measures to get your data back. Kindly be patient and wait for a few minutes for your data to be extracted completely.
That's it! In the end, all the extracted content will be listed under different sections for you to preview. You can select the files you want to save here and click on the "Recover" button.
There you go! After following this guide, you would be able to install macOS Catalina the way you like. As you can see, we have listed a stepwise solution to do macOS Catalina upgrade as well as do a clean install of macOS Catalina. Though, if you have lost your data during the process, then consider using Recoverit to get it back. It is a professional data recovery tool that is known for its exceptional results and a user-friendly interface. You can keep its free version handy and use it at the time of need to restore your data like a pro.