Pearing your MacBook is a simple, but permanent process. To prevent the potential for data loss, please make sure to follow the steps below carefully. Pearing makes edits to your operating system's core storage which results in a Macintosh HD that is additively larger. Obtain a Pear enabled TarDisk, which has not been used previously and follow the steps below.
Create a Time Machine Backup
A Time Machine backup is a necessary safeguard to the Pearing process. Make sure that your Time Machine backup is enabled and up-to-date.
All MacBooks have the ability to "Time Machine Backup". For information on how to enable your MacBook's existing backup, click the video or follow a tutorial below:
In addition to a Time Machine backup, a cloud backup option like this one can be used.
After Pearing is complete, you may turn FileVault and antivirus software back on, however during the Pearing Process FileVault and any installed third party antivirus software should be temporarily switched "off".
• Confirm that your MacBook finishes the "de-encryption" process before proceeding. This can take some time for your computer to process.
• Learn more about how FileVault encrypts your hard drive here.
Make sure to unplug ALL devices from your MacBook and that you have at least 10% free space on your Macintosh HD for Pearing.
• Disconnect any external hard drive, flash drive or USB device connected to your computer.
• If your HD is completely full, temporarly move files to an external drive. (Space is needed only temporarily during Pearing.)
• Make sure your MacBook is connected to power and is running OS X Yosemite (10.10.2) or higher.
Let's ensure you are ready!
Confirm that your existing hard drive is running properly before Pearing and if it isn't, repair it. If you choose to skip this step now please be aware that you may need to run it later. Email the instructions to yourself and follow the video guide below.
You can skip this step if you wish, but it is highly not advised.
• Boot into Single-User Mode; press the power button and hold down the Command and S keys simultaneously until a text screen appears.
• Type the following command: fsck -fy and hit enter key.
• After previous command completes, type fsck -fy again until you see a message stating "The volume (name) appears to be OK".
• To exit, type reboot and press enter key.
Quit all programs
Hold down the "Command key" and press "tab" to see programs that are running and then while continuing to hold the command key, press "Q" to quit each program. Or right click on programs in your dock and click quit as seen below:
Slide TarDisk into your SD port. Remember, never use metal to remove your TarDisk.
Run TarDisk Pear Installer
Located on your TarDisk is the Pear installer application. This step-by-step installer will prompt you for input. Please be sure to read every screen. After the installer finishes, you will be prompted with a window asking you to restart your computer.
• This process will vary in length based on the size of your current hard drive, and the size of the TarDisk.
• For some MacBooks, you may be prompted with a separate dialog about enabling “Core Storage”.
• The installer will ask you to restart your computer up to three times, that's normal and to Pear properly you must do so. Please launch the Pear app again if it doesn't open up automatically once you log in.
• Pear installer missing? Click here to download!
You will be shown how much space you have created by Pearing. Your Macintosh HD will now show two HD volumes, however both volumes will show the combined size of the two.
Enjoy your new Peared MacBook!
If you have additional questions, please review this guide and confirm that all steps were properly followed. In the event that you intentionally skipped any of the optional steps above (i.e. Step 4), this may be the source of problems now. Before proceeding, please complete those skipped-steps now. If further assistance is needed, please follow instructions for Troubleshooting a Peared TarDisk and read the FAQ.