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Upgrading to macOS 11 without enough free disk space causes data loss: Report

According to a new report, upgrading from a previous macOS version to Big Sur without the minimum required storage space can cause your computer to stop booting and lose your data. 

By: HT TECH
Updated on: Aug 21 2022, 15:04 IST
Upgrading your Mac to the latest operating system version without enough free disk space could prove disastrous. (Mr. Macintosh)
Upgrading your Mac to the latest operating system version without enough free disk space could prove disastrous. (Mr. Macintosh)

Apple rolled out macOS version 11 “Big Sur” last year, with several software additions and design improvements over macOS 10.5 “Catalina”. The most important change this year was official support for Apple’s new ARM64 Macs. While Apple has provided regular updates to its hardware since then, one major bug relating to upgrades still persists - one that could result in loss of data.

According to a post on the site Mr. Macintosh, upgrading your Mac to the latest operating system version without enough free disk space could prove disastrous. The site quotes Apple’s support page that states you need 35.5 GB of storage space free on your Mac when upgrading from macOS Sierra or later. If you are on a previous release, you will need even more space - at least 44.5 GB of free storage.

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