This includes not just space for the OS itself but also space for other applications and your user data. Note, that it is recommended that you install OS on a clean drive. Next, you will need enough disk space available, for example, to create Recovery Partition. Here are some ideas to free up space on your drive: It deletes system junk, old broken apps, and the rest of hidden junk on your drive.
The main challenge is to download the OS installation file itself, because your Mac may already be running a newer version. The purchased section lists only those operating systems that you had downloaded in the past. But here is the path to check it: Click the App Store icon. Click Purchases in the top menu.
Scroll down to find the preferred OS X version. This method allows you to download Mavericks and Yosemite by logging with your Apple ID — only if you previously downloaded them from the Mac App Store. If you desperately need a lower OS X version build, consider creating a new Developer account among other options.
Nevertheless, keep in mind that if you visit developer. Buy a boxed edition of Snow Leopard So, here are main steps you should take: Download El Capitan here. But as it often happens, workarounds are possible. There is still a chance to download the installation file if you have an access to a Mac or virtual machine running that operating system. For example, to get an installer for Lion, you may ask a friend who has Lion-operated Mac or, once again, set up a virtual machine running Lion.
Then you will need to prepare an external drive to download the installation file using OS X Utilities. Below is the detailed instruction how to do it.
Prepare a clean external drive at least 10 GB of storage. Select external drive as a source. Enter your Apple ID. Now the OS should start downloading automatically onto the external drive. Boot your Mac from your standard drive. Connect the external drive. The same steps are valid for Mountain Lion and Mavericks.
In addition to that, it makes sense to clean up your Mac from old system junk files and application leftovers. The easiest way to do it is to run CleanMyMac on your machine download it for free here. They should have image installations going back to OS Leopard and earlier. You can also ask their assistance to create a bootable USB drive with the installation file. So here you are. We hope this article has helped you to download an old version of Mac OS X. Below are a few more links you may find interesting.
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