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Question: Why can't I update my mid-2009 MacBookPro 5,2 17" laptop with 8GB DDR3 memory and a 500GB SSD from OS 10.11.6 EL Capitan to High Sierra?

Why can't I update my mid-2009 MacBookPro 5,2 17" laptop with 8GB DDR3 memory and a 500GB SSD from OS 10.11.6 EL Capitan to High Sierra?

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MacBook Pro, OS X El Capitan (10.11.6), 8GB-DDR3 Mem, 500GB-SSD, Mid-2009

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A MacBook Pro must be a 2010 model or newer. Yours is maxed out at El Capitan.


  • iMac: late 2009 or newer.
  • MacBook/MacBook (Retina): late 2009 or newer.
  • MacBook Pro: mid-2010 or newer.
  • MacBook Air: late 2010 or newer.
  • Mac Mini: mid-2010 or newer.
  • Mac Pro: mid-2010 or newer.
  • iMac Pro: 2017.

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Mar 5, 2018 11:05 AM in response to ThomsShop In response to ThomsShop

A MacBook Pro must be a 2010 model or newer. Yours is maxed out at El Capitan.


  • iMac: late 2009 or newer.
  • MacBook/MacBook (Retina): late 2009 or newer.
  • MacBook Pro: mid-2010 or newer.
  • MacBook Air: late 2010 or newer.
  • Mac Mini: mid-2010 or newer.
  • Mac Pro: mid-2010 or newer.
  • iMac Pro: 2017.

Mar 5, 2018 11:05 AM

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Mar 5, 2018 11:06 AM in response to ThomsShop In response to ThomsShop

Hi Thoms, High Sierra doesn't support the year of your Macbook Pro:


Can your Mac use High Sierra?

High Sierra requires any of the following Mac models and versions of macOS.* It also requires at least 2GB of memory and 14.3GB of storage space to perform the upgrade. (Upon completion of the upgrade, macOS High Sierra requires about 1.5GB more storage space than macOS Sierra 10.12.6.) To find your model, memory, storage, and version of macOS, choose About This Mac from the Apple () menu.

  • macOS Sierra
  • OS X El Capitan
  • OS X Yosemite
  • OS X Mavericks
  • OS X Mountain Lion

* The version of macOS that came with your Mac is the earliest version compatible with that Mac.

Mar 5, 2018 11:06 AM

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Question: Why can't I update my mid-2009 MacBookPro 5,2 17" laptop with 8GB DDR3 memory and a 500GB SSD from OS 10.11.6 EL Capitan to High Sierra?