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Question: Will reinstalling macOS after upgrading free up space?

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I’m thinking of getting an 11 inch Macbook air with 2 gigs of ram and a 64 gig ssd. The thing is, it comes preinstalled with Mac Os X Lion. I’m thinking to upgrade to high Sierra, but I have to install El Captian first. Overall, its 22 GB roughly. Because of that, i‘m wondering if after I upgrade, I Factory Reset High Sierra. will this free up space from upgrading? (Sorry, i’m really new to Mac Os.)

MacBook Air, Mac OS X (10.7.5), Macbook Air 11 inch (late 2011)

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will this free up space from upgrading?


Not really. And I wouldn't bother with a 64 GB SSD - it'll be filled up in a couple of months. But, you have a more important issue: trying to run any newer OS version with only 2 GB will result in nothing but frustration - 2 GB of RAM is simply not enough. 4 GB is considered to be the absolute minimum - 8 GB would be better.


So, I'd pass on that one.

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Feb 26, 2018 7:00 PM in response to DaveyWavey1234 In response to DaveyWavey1234

will this free up space from upgrading?


Not really. And I wouldn't bother with a 64 GB SSD - it'll be filled up in a couple of months. But, you have a more important issue: trying to run any newer OS version with only 2 GB will result in nothing but frustration - 2 GB of RAM is simply not enough. 4 GB is considered to be the absolute minimum - 8 GB would be better.


So, I'd pass on that one.

Feb 26, 2018 7:00 PM

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