Help completely erasing everything on my mac

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by houssein31, Jun 9, 2014.

  1. houssein31 macrumors regular

    Jul 16, 2013

    I have a lot of documents on my mac and theres so many ads that keeps popping up (this is not happening on my macbook air). So I was wondering how to "restore my mac". I searched online how to do it, but I didn't really find a way. I know that there is a way to do so on iOS device, to erase every single thing on the device.

    An I won't back it up since all of the document I need are in iCloud (pages, keynote documents)... So what I wan is to restore the mac just like when I bought it.

  2. yjchua95 macrumors 604

    Apr 23, 2011
    GVA, KUL, MEL (current), ZQN
    How about just downloading AdBlock for your web browser? That'll get rid of ads.
  3. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    Since you are on Mavericks, you can just command-r boot to recovery. From there start Disk Util and erase Macintosh HD to Mac OS Extended (Journaled) format. Then quit Disk Util and click install OS X at the top. Once the install is done create a new account for yourself then redownload your apps from the App Store and turn on iCloud to get your documents and data back.

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