I cannot update my MacBook Pro 13-inch Mid 2012 to El Capitan and it is driving me crazy. At the moment I'm using OS X 10.8.5 and everything on my laptop is going slow etc.

I have however missed 2 other updates... I have tried to download those ones before installing EL Capitan but it won't allow me. It only lets me download El Capitan and when I down load it, it comes up with this:

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So can anybody please tell me what this means or how I can upgrade?

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    Do not move forward with this update until you are absolutely certain you have a complete backup of your drive in its current state! ...And by complete backup I mean either a bootable clone created with a tool like Carbon Copy Cloner on an external drive or a complete Time Machine backup.
    – KarlC
    May 27, 2016 at 23:01
  • You should be able to turn journaling on using Disk Utility under your current OS without losing your data but I wouldn't risk it. When I found myself in a similar situation- 10.8.5 running slower & slower- I bought a new drive & and a cheap USB enclosure to put it in then connected it to my system (a Mid-2011 MBP17"), installed a clean version of El Cap on the external then swapped it into my system to start with a completely pristine OS. I put the old drive in the enclosure & selectively moved what I needed to the new drive. Did not use Migration Assistant for that process.
    – KarlC
    May 27, 2016 at 23:17

2 Answers 2


Warning: before trying my solution, ensure you have a complete backup of your hard drive (usually Macintosh HD)

Before trying the method below, try the following:

  1. Open Disk Utility (booting to Recovery Mode by holding cmdR while starting your Mac, select Disk Utility in the OS X Utilities menu)
  2. Select your main volume (usually Macintosh HD)
  3. Select First Aid -> Repair volume... then wait for the operation to complete.
  4. Go to File > Enable Journaling

If the above does not work, try

Erase your drive and install OS X

(From Apple's website)

You can use these steps to erase the files on your startup disk and install a new copy of OS X:

  1. Before you begin, make sure your Mac is connected to the Internet.

  2. Restart your Mac. Immediately hold down the Command (⌘) and R keys after you hear the startup sound to start up in OS X Recovery.

  3. When the Recovery window appears, select Disk Utility then click Continue.

  4. Select the indented volume name of your startup disk from the left side of the Disk Utility window, then click the Erase tab.

  5. If you want to securely erase the drive, click Security Options. Select an erase method, then click OK.

  6. From the Format pop-up menu, select Mac OS Extended (Journaled). Type a name for your disk, then click Erase.

  7. After the drive is erased, close the Disk Utility window.

  8. If you’re not connected to the Internet, choose a network from the Wi-Fi menu.

  9. Select the option to Reinstall OS X.

  10. Click Continue and follow the onscreen instructions to reinstall OS X.

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    Usually you can enable (or disable while holding the alt key) journaling of a volume in Disk Utility. Your answer proposes a time consuming sledgehammer method instead of one mouse click.
    – klanomath
    May 28, 2016 at 1:34
  • I'm assuming the hard disk has formatting problems. Will add your suggestion to my answer.
    – Brick
    May 28, 2016 at 1:55
  • You may also add a suggestion to verify/repair the volume booted to recovery mode.
    – klanomath
    May 28, 2016 at 1:58

There's no need to reboot or format your hard drive just to enable journalling on an HFS volume.

  1. Open Disk Utility (click on Applications, Utilities, Disk Utility)
  2. Select your main volume (usually Macintosh HD)
  3. Hold down the "alt" button and go to File > Enable Journaling

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