Clean Install Options

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by 0038459, Oct 22, 2013.

  1. 0038459 Suspended

    Mar 11, 2013
    Hello, I am running Mountain Lion on Macbook Pro late 2011 model, and I want to do do a clean update to Mavericks.
    I did some research and I see many articles mentioning creating bootable disk drive for clean install, but is this necessary? Because when I had to clean reinstall Mountain Lion because of some problems, the installer already had the Disk Utility function during the setup which I could use for deleting files in my HDD.
    What is the proper way of performing a clean install?
  2. tharapper macrumors newbie

    Oct 23, 2013
    I have kind of the same question the same model

    Ok this is the deal I have been at this for three days. I ran a disk verification and told me that my hard drive disk needed reparied. I tried to repair it said to get as much stuff off that I can disk can't be repaired (it gave me a gray screen, with apple logo, and a bar at the bottom). Since Maverick just came out I thought I would get that OS from another mac I have and make a bootalbe flash drive. I have read how to do this did it manually and did it with third party software. When I start the mac and hit option key the only thing it showed was my mac HD and lion recovery. So I thought well I would just recover with lion then try bootalbe flash drive again. So I erased my Mac HD and then went into reinstall lion. It got all the way to the last ten min and flashed an error (did not give me an error code, just told me to start over. So I need to know what I am doing wrong or why the usb drive is not showing up with the maverick install. If you could help me out I would appreciate it very much (I have never had so much problem with a mac and I have had one since the 80's. Here are the sites I have already gone to and tried. -a-usb-flash-drive/ ericks-usb-install-drive/

    I hope someone can help me out there. I have also did all the apple support with the gray screen of death and I did and was able to retrive a lot of my files back. I also erased my hard drive and did another check and it said it was fine.

    Christopher Malaney
    MacBook Pro (15-inch Early 2011), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.5)
  3. macbookprodad macrumors member


    Jun 21, 2011
    I recommend using liondiskmaker. straight to the point
  4. WhackyNinja macrumors 68000


    Jul 6, 2012
    Kissimmee, FL
    LionDiskMaker never worked for me. They are saying it has a problem. I tried this process.

    Worked like a charm. Its simple and easy.

    Tip: Keep your flash drive's name as "Untitled" and make sure it is Mac OS Extended. If it doesn't then quickly format your flash drive in Disk Utilities, it will have the name "Untitled" and be Mac OS Extended by default.
  5. itegypt macrumors 6502a


    Aug 6, 2011


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