Apple’s up-to-the-minute OS X El Capitan is already in the market and can be easily downloaded right now from the Mac App Store. Available with a handful of new features, OS X El Capitan carries the overall look and feel as OS X Yosemite. With features of Split View multitasking, swipe gestures, updated Maps and Notes app, and spotlight search improvements, the Apple OS can do wonders for Apple users. Apple boasts of overall performance improvements with OS X El Capitan, claiming users up to 1.4x and 2x the speed when launching apps and switching between apps respectively. If you are involved in installing OS X El Capitan, here’s how to execute a clean install of OS X El Capitan.
A clean install of OS X means wiping of entire Mac first and then install a new copy of OS X starting from scratch. Apple lets you update OS X and keep all files and apps intact. Before you make your Mac a clean slate, you need to back up your important files. Before you go ahead with the OS X El Capitan installation process, ensure that the new OS is supported on your specific Mac model. Interestingly, the Mac that runs OS X Yosemite is also capable of running OS X El Capitan for the following models:
iMac (Mid-2007 or newer); MacBook (13-inch, Early 2009 or newer); MacBook Pro (13, 15, and 17-inch Mid-2009 or newer), MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer); Mac Mini (Early 2009 or newer); Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer), and Xserve (Early 2009).
Performing a Clean Install
With an app called DiskMaker X, it is easy to perform a clean install of OS X as it creates a bootable USB drive. First of all, download OS X El Capitan from the Mac App Store. Then, plug in a USB flash drive with 8GB in size and open up DiskMaker X. Click on the OS and let the app do the rest. After this, you’ll be left with a bootable USB drive. You can also create a bootable USB drive with Terminal. Here’s how you can do the same:
Plug in the USB drive and open up Disk Utility. Choose the USB drive in the sidebar and click on the Erase tab. Then, choose Mac OS Extended in the Format box and name it. Click Erase and wait for some time to get the process finished. Then, shut down Disk Utility and open Terminal. Type in the command ‘sudo /Applications/Install OS X El Capitan.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia –volume /Volumes/Untitled –applicationpath /Applications/Install OS X El Capitan.app –nointeraction’ and press Enter. Technical support for mac
This command will let you make the USB boot drive. While the process goes on, don’t mess with Terminal or eject the flash drive. Once it’s over, you will get the message ‘Copy complete. Done.’
Once the process of clean installation of OS X El Capitan is done, you can easily install the OS.