OS X Lion Recovery, clean install did nothing?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by ttttaylor, Oct 2, 2011.

  1. ttttaylor macrumors regular

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    i'm really confused... i just tried to do the Lion Recovery, and chose to "set up a new version of Lion" -- the one where i thought it erased everything and gave me a nice clean empty system.

    spent 2 or 3 hours going through the process, and then it boots up and everything is exactly as i left it. :confused::confused:

    did i do something wrong? shouldn't my system be empty?
     
  2. Quad5Ny macrumors 6502a

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    You have to erase your drive first. It sounds like you just installed over your current copy of Lion.

    The actual install only takes about 20min, the the other 2 hours were probably spent download the files needed to setup Lion (sucks not having Install DVD's/ThumbDrive's anymore :().

     
  3. ttttaylor thread starter macrumors regular

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    [facepalm] of course.

    so if i do it right this time (following those directions) will i still have to wait the long time for it to download all that stuff?

    thanks for your quick reply!
     
  4. Quad5Ny macrumors 6502a

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    Probably.

    After setup is finished it deletes the installation files. And besides even if it did save them, your erasing the drive they would be stored on. :p

    Two hours isn't that bad, you could always watch a movie.
     

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