Recently, I took the plunge and made the system upgrade to Mojave on my iMac. My system is a 2014 model, so I’ve upgraded several times before. I usually wait until whatever new version comes up has been out for some time in order to minimize the likelihood of something going wrong. I was happy with the last version (10.13 High Sierra), so I wasn’t particularly feeling a rush to move on to the next one (10.14 Mojave). But, Apple got sort of pushy with the notifications – popping up daily to remind me of the new version. It got irritating seeing the banner at the corner of my screen while trying to work, so I went ahead and made all the necessary adjustments to prepare to install the upgrade.
Whenever you upgrade an operating system, aside from ensuring you meet the installation requirements, it’s also necessary to backup all the system’s contents. I’ve got a bit of a history when it comes to losing digital content and so I’ve learned the hard way to always back up hard drive contents to at least two alternate locations.
First, I back up all system contents using my external drive. I’ve owned several of these, but the one that I recommend the most is the Silicon Power Armor.
Next, I clean everything unnecessary or unwanted from the system. This is mostly to make plenty of extra room for the upgrade. So, I concentrate on heavy files, such as music, movies, photos, and some unused applications.
Did you know that music or movies that you upload onto the Mac and then move over to ITunes is typically stored twice? Once in Downloads, or the local drive they were uploaded to, and then once in ITunes when moved over. Talk about a waste of precious space! I realized this the last time I upgraded; the bulk of what I removed from my Mac that time was repeated copies of music files. This time I focused heavily on ITunes altogether because mostly I listen to YouTube more for music anyway, so it was just an unnecessary clog on my space. And, what movies I had stored there are backed up on VUDU Vudu… so they got trashed also.
By the time I was done with this cleanup process this time around, I had freed 44gb of space, which was insane! But also awesome, since I only needed at least 12.5gb free space in order to upgrade to Mojave. Don’t worry, I’ll fill it back up with Photoshop files in no time!
When I finally had all that done, which really did take a bit of time for me, I simply downloaded all available updates. Then, I held my breath, crossed my fingers, and hit install. It took I think around 10 hours to complete.
I have to admit it did have me worried there for a while, as it looked like it had stalled out on me. When looking up info about it on my phone, I came across plenty of unnerving explanations and almost panicked… until I read on the Apple support site that it can take many hours to upgrade and that during some sections of the installation, it can appear to freeze, but they assured readers that this generally wasn’t a problem. The advice was to just be patient, so I decided to chill. Sometime in the middle of the night, the install completed.
The next morning, as I took the on-screen tour of new features, I decided that I immediately loved the Mojave upgrade. Here are a few of my favorite new features:
- Dark mode
- Enhanced screen capture tool
- Faster wake from sleep
- Gallery view in Finder
See more about all the new features in Mojave by visiting the following links:
Thinking about upgrading to Mojave? Find out more about the requirements and instructions here:
One thing to note, as far as potential hiccups in the system after upgrading, is that some people have experienced a problem where apps no longer want to open. I was having this issue too. I even reset my Photoshop app before I figured out what the problem was.
This article from Macworld helped me a lot.
It was a simple fix. All I had to do was open Security & Privacy settings in System Preferences, then click on the Accessibility tab, then add any programs that refused to open onto the checked list of programs under Privacy, giving those apps “permissions to control my computer.” If you experience this issue, see the above article for the complete walk-through.