Any advantages to fresh install?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Prise, Dec 20, 2013.

  1. Prise macrumors regular

    Dec 14, 2008
    We've upgraded many of our Macs this year. Basically, all new iMacs.

    It's been a few years since our last across the board upgrades, but in the past, I've always used the OS Disk to erase, partition, and do a fresh install.

    This time, there is no disk. My question (aside from partitioning the HD) is better to do a fresh install of Mavericks (saved a bootable copy on usb drive which has been tested on an older Mac to ensure there's no corruption), as opposed to upgrading through the app store?

  2. Tumbleweed666 macrumors 68000


    Mar 20, 2009
    Near London, UK.
    I recently did a fresh install of Mavericks wiping it clean, on a 2009 iMac that had been through multiple updates, prior to selling it, and the performance increase was astounding. It's with a relative and going very well. Definitely worth doing.
  3. silvetti macrumors 6502a


    Nov 24, 2011
    Yes, I also did fresh install on Mac Mini 2009 and the difference, OMG!

    Do it :)
  4. Prise thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 14, 2008
    Have decided for fresh install, since I always partition (at least 2) my HDs. I was tempted to forgo the process, but I'm just not comfortable with a single partition, especially given the sheer size of modern HDs.

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