Clean Install?

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by vito, Oct 21, 2013.

  1. vito macrumors 6502a

    Apr 4, 2006
    Manchester, UK
    Is it possible to do a clean install during Mavericks setup?

    Will I have to create a USB bootable drive to achieve this?

    Current system is a rMBP ML

  2. benwiggy macrumors 68020

    Jun 15, 2012
    If you want to wipe your disk and reinstall the OS, then you have to have the OS installer on some other volume.
    This can be the Recovery Partition (which gets updated after you've already installed 10.9!!); or some USB drive with the disk image from the downloaded app.

    However, for most cases, a clean install is unnecessary, and any benefits that it might provide can be met using other, quicker less extreme methods.
    What are you hoping to achieve?
  3. AppleMooseMan macrumors regular

    Sep 11, 2012
    No need to do a clean install.
    Years ago it was the most prudent thing to do but Apple have made adjustments to the architecture. It's a lot smoother now.
    Just upgrade. You'll have no regrets.
  4. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    I am Mac owner since 1989. As a regular procedure, Clean Install has never been "the prudent thing to do." I have more fingers than I have Clean Installs.

    You are describing Clean Install as Preventative Maintenance. No. A Clean Install is a radical procedure that is intended as solution to an intractable problem. An OS upgrade is not an intractable problem.
  5. saberahul macrumors 68040

    Nov 6, 2008
    I've been a Mac user since 2011 and I agree.

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