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There are 2 ways to go about this – the fairly hard way and the very easy way. One involves the Pikify method, which can be read at the post below (updated on a regular basis by the looks of it) …
Pikify El Capitan Upgrade
or you could just purchase a preloaded (cheap) hard-drive from Ebay and simply clone the contents over using such programs as Carbon Copy Cloner (you could just install the preloaded hard-drive and use it straight off the bat, come to think of it, if the hard-drive is of a sufficient size and speed).
On my first Mac Pro I used the first method and, surprisingly, it worked, but it wasn’t a method I wanted to try again if I could help it. I used the 2nd method on my subsequent Mac Pro purchase which was far faster and much less stressful – I also have the preinstalled hard-drive available as a backup and as a means of quickly updating any further Mac Pro I get my hands on.
Carbon Copy Cloner
Carbon Copy Cloner is available to use on a 30 day trial basis so there is ample time to clone the hard drive over. No-doubt there are other programs out there which work in a similar fashion. Mountain Lion has the ability to clone hard-drives itself but I found it far easier to just use Carbon Copy Clone instead. I will, though, find more information and videos regarding the process and list them on this site. Once cloned all you have to do is choose the hard drive you wish to boot into …System Preferences – Startup Disk – El Capitan OSX, 10.11.6
No Boot screen?An issue with this upgrade is the boot screen is lost with some graphics cards (maybe all?). You will still receive the chimes but not the loading process. I don’t find this at all disconcerting now, though the longer wait before the desktop appeared did take a little getting used to. Obviously the loading time can be shortened by the speed of the hard drive. Using an SSD would minimise the waiting period. Doesn’t bother me in the least now though and I don’t use SSDs.
The Graphics Card
Before you upgrade the system in the manner above you need to make sure all the components are El Capitan compatible and you have sufficient RAM (at least 8GB is a number I have seen bandied about) - the graphics card in particular - see here.
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