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Best OS for good old 2007 iMac
Posted by: MEG
Date: January 27, 2018 01:17PM
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Best OS to make use of 2007 iMac
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11 votes were received.
Snow Leopard 5
 
45%
Mountain Lion 0
 
0%
Something else? 6
 
55%



I'm resurrecting an old 2007 24" iMac (with 6GB RAM, HD/SSD to be determined). What's the best OS to put on it (trying to balance performance and best compatibility with the 2018 internet world/services)?
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Re: Best OS for good old 2007 iMac
Posted by: PeterW
Date: January 27, 2018 01:21PM
It will accept 10.11 (El Capitan) which is still receiving security updates. It should work fine with an SSD.
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Re: Best OS for good old 2007 iMac
Posted by: Onamuji
Date: January 27, 2018 01:32PM
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PeterW
It will accept 10.11 (El Capitan) which is still receiving security updates. It should work fine with an SSD.

agree smiley

Internal SSD.



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Re: Best OS for good old 2007 iMac
Posted by: jdc
Date: January 27, 2018 01:40PM
Oldest uses the same exact iMac -- El Cap as well.

Only has 3 GB of ram -- but the key is the internal SSD I installed. Not too hard.

Runs great.

I cant tell if you are saying it already has 6 GB of ram -- but if it doesnt, 6 GB of ram is super expensive -- not worth it. 4 GB is the best bang for buck.



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Re: Best OS for good old 2007 iMac
Posted by: Zoidberg
Date: January 27, 2018 02:03PM
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Onamuji
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PeterW
It will accept 10.11 (El Capitan) which is still receiving security updates. It should work fine with an SSD.

agree smiley

Internal SSD.

agree smiley agree smiley



(BTW, it's spelled < y'all >.)
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Re: Best OS for good old 2007 iMac
Posted by: MEG
Date: January 27, 2018 02:28PM
Good to know - haven't kept up with it and didn't think it would run the current (...err, current for me that is) smiling smiley
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Re: Best OS for good old 2007 iMac
Posted by: modelamac
Date: January 27, 2018 04:35PM
As PeterW says, ElCapitan.

I have a 2007 24" iMac 2.8GHz 6GB RAM that runs EC quite nicely. I personally installed a 500GB SSD when the original HD failed about 2 years ago.

El Capitan will allow up to the latest iTunes, and you can sync all of your iDevices with iCloud.

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MEG
I'm resurrecting an old 2007 24" iMac (with 6GB RAM, HD/SSD to be determined). What's the best OS to put on it (trying to balance performance and best compatibility with the 2018 internet world/services)?



Remember how when you were little
you could just rip off your diaper and
just run around naked and everyone
thought it was so cute and funny?


Anyway, I need bail money.
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Re: Best OS for good old 2007 iMac
Posted by: jonny
Date: January 27, 2018 04:42PM
Another for El Cap. Works great on my 2007 with SSD.
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Re: Best OS for good old 2007 iMac
Posted by: chopper
Date: January 27, 2018 05:23PM
Depends. Do you want to actually get work done? Then format the drive and do the dance for the only OS that is for working in 2018.

Windows.
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Re: Best OS for good old 2007 iMac
Posted by: jonny
Date: January 27, 2018 05:25PM
goodone
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Re: Best OS for good old 2007 iMac
Posted by: Buzz
Date: January 27, 2018 05:57PM
BIL/SIL's 24" C2D iMac dumped its OEM drive awhile back, so I put in an OWC Neptune 480GB SSD along w/ 4GB (up from 2GB) that I also donated to the cause. Runs Mavs on the SSD, or El Cap/SL via FW800. As noted, the SSD is the key. Multiple OS's for compatibility issues w/ various old programs. For most stuff, it's still a capable rig. If you go 6GB + SSD, you'll be happy w/ whatever flavor of OS you run. If you don't need anything earlier for app compatibility, go w/ El Cap. Enjoy.
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Re: Best OS for good old 2007 iMac
Posted by: Article Accelerator
Date: January 27, 2018 05:59PM
10.11.6
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Re: Best OS for good old 2007 iMac
Posted by: jdc
Date: January 27, 2018 07:15PM
4 GB is about $30-35. 6 GB is over $100...



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Re: Best OS for good old 2007 iMac
Posted by: AllGold
Date: January 28, 2018 02:43PM
Not an exact match but I had a 2007 MacBook Pro with 4GB RAM (still have it actually, I just don't use it). I had to upgrade from Snow Leopard because of some app requirements. With El Capitan, it was a real dog. But with Mavericks, while not as snappy as Snow Leopard, Mavericks was much faster and less problematic than El Capitan.

Edit: I should add that this was with a spinny drive not an SSD. Maybe El Cap would have been ok with an SSD.







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Re: Best OS for good old 2007 iMac
Posted by: Onamuji
Date: January 28, 2018 03:47PM
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AllGold
Not an exact match but I had a 2007 MacBook Pro with 4GB RAM (still have it actually, I just don't use it). I had to upgrade from Snow Leopard because of some app requirements. With El Capitan, it was a real dog. But with Mavericks, while not as snappy as Snow Leopard, Mavericks was much faster and less problematic than El Capitan.

Edit: I should add that this was with a spinny drive not an SSD. Maybe El Cap would have been ok with an SSD.

From El Cap onward, would not recommend running it without SSD.



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Re: Best OS for good old 2007 iMac
Posted by: Winston
Date: January 28, 2018 11:06PM
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Article Accelerator
10.11.6

I've not gone beyond 10.11.6, but it's worked really well on my 2010 MBP. Guessing a 2007 iMac is closer in spec to a 2009 MBP, and I'd put 10.11.6 on that.

I do have an SSD, and had a Seagate fusion drive (which worked really well, given how little difference I notice with the full SSD) before.

I also found Mavericks slow, and skipped Yosemite to go straight to El Capitan.


If you can do the SSD, that's what I would do. If you can get the RAM to 8 or 12 GB (or 16) that would be even better. What RAM gets you is minimizing page-swapping when the memory gets full. An SSD minimizes the cost of this, but is still slower than using RAM and not having the page-swapping overhead.


Good luck.

- Winston



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