Mavericks and Your Personal Macintosh


If you have a personally-owned Macintosh, you might be considering whether you should upgrade to OS 10.9, a.k.a. “Mavericks.”

The price is definitely right (it’s free), but as with any new and significant upgrade you should proceed with caution. There have already been a number of issues reported–most often relating to Apple Mail, older hardware, and various other random applications.

If you decide to upgrade, here are a few recommendations prior to starting the process.

– Ensure you have at least 20 GB of free hard disk space available.
– Run Repair Permissions from the Disk Utility application (under Applications, Utilities) on your main drive.
– Ensure you are currently running OS 10.6.8 or later.
– Ensure you have at least 2GB of RAM (4GB recommended) and your hardware model is from 2008 or newer.
– Ensure your critical applications are OS 10.9 compatible.

If you are currently having “issues” with your Mac, don’t expect Mavericks will fix them. If anything, it could make things worse. Also, if you are moving forward with the upgrade you should ensure you are connected to a power supply since it takes one to two hours to complete the entire process.

For more extensive details about upgrading to Mavericks, please refer to the following MacWorld article:

Finally, faculty and staff with Bucknell-owned Macs are reminded that Library and IT does NOT advocate upgrading them to Mavericks at this time.

If you have questions or concerns please feel free to contact the Tech Desk at or by calling 570-577-7777 and we will assist you as best we can.

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