hard drive – Save storage space with clean install of macOS?

I doubt the end result would make enough difference to be worth the effort.

You’d increase usage during the upgrade process as opposed to clean & install, but by the time it’s finished, both methods will end up with the same result.

The other advantage of updating would be if you’d already set up your iCloud login etc.

You may, btw, have got Mojave because of the recovery method used to clean install –

  • Cmd ⌘ R
    would reinstall the latest macOS that was installed on your Mac, without upgrading to a later version
  • Opt ⌥ Cmd ⌘ R
    would upgrade to the latest macOS that is compatible with your Mac
  • Shift ⇧ Opt ⌥ Cmd ⌘ R
    would reinstall the macOS that came with your Mac, or the version nearest to it that is still available.