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Preparing for OS X 10.7 Lion or Lion Server

Article ID = 47
Article Title = Preparing for OS X 10.7 Lion or Lion Server
Article Author(s) = Graham Needham (BH)
Article Created On = 21st July 2011
Article Last Updated = 10th September 2014
Article URL = http://www.macstrategy.com/article.php?47

Article Brief Description:
A handy check list to do in preparing to install OS X 10.7 Lion or Lion Server on your computer

Preparing for Mac OS X 10.7 Lion or Lion Server

Here is a check list to do before installing Lion (Server):
  1. Check whether you have a compatible Mac by going to Apple menu > About This Mac and checking the information listed for "Processor", "Memory" and Mac OS X "Version" against Apple's list of requirements:
    • Mac computer with an Intel Core 2 Duo, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7 or Xeon processor
    • 2GB of memory
    • Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later (Mac OS X 10.6.8 recommended) - The Mac OS X 10.6 "Combo" updates can be downloaded from Apple for free.
  2. Make sure you are connected to the internet (preferably with a fast connection and with a large or no data cap in place).
  3. Make sure you have an iTunes account (use the iTunes or App Store applications to create one if necessary e.g. Go to Macintosh HD > Applications > App Store > Store menu > "Create Account…" to get started if you don't have an iTunes account).
  4. Make sure your iTunes account has enough credit on it or has a credit card on file (with enough credit on it).
    • Mac OS X 10.7 Lion = £14.00
    • Mac OS X 10.7 Lion Server = no longer available
  5. Check you have enough disk space (at least 7GB+ free).
  6. Go to Macintosh HD > Applications > Utilities > Disk Utility:
    • Select the volume under the disk you are going to use for Lion on the left, then on the right of the window click "Verify Disk" - if problems are found you will need to repair your disk.
    • Select the volume under the disk you are going to use for Lion on the left, check at the bottom that it states "Format: Mac OS Extended (Journaled)". If it doesn't state "(Journaled)" you will need to turn journaling on by going to File menu > Enable Journaling.
    • Repair your boot disk's permissions.
  7. Backup or clone your computer.
  8. Check that your favourite software is Lion compatible.
  9. Check that you are not running any PowerPC software (Rosetta is not included with Lion).

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