OS X Restore Question

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by agentelrond, Nov 4, 2013.

  1. agentelrond macrumors newbie

    Nov 4, 2013
    I recently did a restore on my MBP (OS 10.7.3) by holding down CMD+R and selecting the option that SHOULD have installed a clean version of the OS. However, after the process finished, what I ended up with was a state that I had saved in Time Machine. The weird part was, my Time Machine backup drive wasn't even connected when I did the restore. While my laptop is restored to (more or less) a state that's all right, why did this happen? Why was it restored to a save point and not the clean installation that should have happened? How can I restore to the base installation that has none of my apps installed?

  2. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    Because you did not erase the disk first. If you just reinstall like you did it does not erase apps or data.

    Do a command-r boot again and start Disk Utility then erase Macintosh HD. Quit Disk Util then click install OS and that will give you a clean install with nothing but the OS on there.
  3. agentelrond thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 4, 2013

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