trying to do a clean reinstall of Maverick

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by cgm707, Feb 28, 2014.

  1. cgm707 macrumors regular

    Dec 24, 2009
    I have tried doing what I thought was a clean reinstall of Maverick OS. Turning off the Macbook Air. Turning it on whiile holding down Command and R keys. I choose Disk Utility and erase my hard drive. Then I choose the reinstallation option. But it doesn't appear to be a complete reinstall, in that all my stuff is still there.

    Do I need to download a bootable app and use a USB memory stick/flash drive or external hard drive to install the OS data back to my laptop?

    Thanks very much for any help.
  2. Aylan macrumors regular


    Jun 3, 2013
    None of your stuff should be there. Are you reinstalling or restoring from Time Machine?
  3. cgm707 thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 24, 2009
    clean reinstall


    ...i guess if i skip the restoring from time machine on my external HD, it would show a clean reinstall?
  4. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago

    You erased the drive, them let TM put it all back got a clean install though, just that everything was put back as it was.

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