The beta version of macOS Monterey has been released for some time. It always makes us excited to install and try the new features & enhanced performances of an updated macOS, especially this macOS brings us: FaceTime’s SharePlay to share your screen, Safari’s streamlined tab bars, new Focus app helps you concentrate, universal control to work across Apple devices easily, etc.
Instead of upgrading, you may have decided to clean install macOS, for the reason that you want to erase your Mac for a new start, or for the reason that you are going to transfer the Mac’s ownership. In this post, we will show you how to clean install macOS Monterey from a bootable USB drive, also give the solution if files lost after macOS Monterey install.
Not all Apple laptop and desktop can have a clean install of macOS 12, Monterey can run on following models:
The installer of macOS Monterey is about 12GB, but you still need extra space to get it work properly and leave enough space to install some important apps on your Mac to check if your workflow can be elevated efficiently. So, make sure at least 16 GB available on your hard drive to clean install this new version.
Also, prepare 2 external drives, one to back up files, the other one to create the bootable installer (at least 16GB). When clean install macOS, we are often recommended to install from a bootable USB, which is able to install the OS from scratch, especially in the case that our current OS runs slowly/improperly, or you want to install macOS Monterey on different devices.
There are 3 steps to clean install macOS, the first, also the most important step is always to back up your files to external hard drive or cloud-based accounts. Now, let’s check out the steps.
Option 1. Back up all files to external drive via TimeMachine
Option 2. Backup important files online
Generally speaking, if you have backed up your files and do the installation properly, it is not likely to lose files. But if you get the bad luck and lost files ater macOS Monterey update, try Cisdem Data Recovery, the best mac recovery tool to get your files back.
Cisdem Data Recovery for Mac is designed to recover lost, deleted and formatted files on mac, under different situations like macOS update, downgrade, hard drive formatting, accidental file deletion, etc. It not only supports recovering files from Mac internal hard drive, but recovers files from Mac external storage devices (SD Card, USB, removable device, etc.)
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This fall, the date is not announced.
Like other new macOS release, the official version of macOS Monterey comes this fall too. From Jun 11 to now, Apple has updated Monterey beta version for many times, before getting all things fixed per the beta testing results, it is not possible for mac users to install the official version before fall, so, let’s just wait.
If you have decided to clean install macOS Monterey on your device, keep in mind to back up your files before any action. A clean install macOS make your Mac brand new and run faster, but any data loss would be a tragic, so, never overlook the backup step.
Rosa has worked in Mac software industry for more than eight years. She believes that the purpose of software is to make life better and work more productively. In addition to writing, Rosa is also an avid runner.