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How to prepare our Mac for Lion’s arrival

Lion is just around the corner, and we’re all looking forward to installing it on our Mac, but first of all we should take a few small precautions. Join us to see how to prepare our data for the next Apple operating system.

Apple’s next operating system, Lion, is just around the corner. I’m sure many of you are looking forward to seeing it in the Mac App Store to buy it, download it to your computers and start installing it to see first hand the new features we have already brought to you from Applesupportphonenumber.

How to prepare our Mac for Lion’s arrival
How to prepare our Mac for Lion’s arrival

But don’t go so fast. This is the first time that Cupertino’s offers us a complete operating system without physical support , that is to say, that we won’t have a CD or DVD from which to install the system, but only a file of about 4GB in size. Since this is the first time that something like this has happened, perhaps we should take some precautions , and since there is so little time left, we can start right away. The guys at Cult of Mac have prepared a guide for us on how to prepare our Mac for Lion, of which here is a summary of what I consider to be the most important:

1- Make sure you have the latest version of Snow Leopard . This is a prerequisite. Without this update you will not be able to install Lion, because you will not have the Mac App Store ready to download and install the operating system. To check this, just go to the app menu, click on About this Mac and check your system version. If it’s not 10.6.8, go back to the apple and click on Software Update , to download the update.

2- As you probably know, applications programmed for PowerPC processors could only run on Intel processors through a Snow Leopard application called Rosetta . Well, Lion will no longer be compatible with this technology, so we should locate the applications that we know work this way on our Mac and look for any updates to those applications that make them exclusively compatible with Intel. How can we tell if any of our applications are for PowerPC? Well, it’s very simple. Open the “suspicious” application, go to the Utilities folder within Applications and open the Activity Monitor . We’ll see a window similar to the one below and in the “Class” column, we’ll see if our application is Intel or PowerPC. And to find out if there are any updates that might be useful, we can use App Fresh, a free application that scans our applications for updates.

3- To install Lion, we need a minimum of 8GB of free space, so it would be a very good occasion to make a cleanup to our hard disk . To do this we have many options, such as the Omni Disk Sweeper program, a freeware utility that allows us to remove the files that take up the most space. We can also use applications such as Singular (this time it’s a paid software ) that looks for duplicate files on our system and sends them to the trash. Obviously, before using any of these applications we strongly recommend that you make a backup of your disk , using the well-known Time Machine , Apple’s backup utility that also allows you to restore your disk if you have an accident.

And that’s it. We’ve already done all the hard work: upgrading to the latest version, removing Rosetta applications that aren’t upgradeable, and wiping our disk of those big, heavy files that just take up space. Now all we have to do is wait for Apple to release Lion so we can download it to our Mac, install it, and enjoy.

and you… what else do you think we could do to prepare our Mac?

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