2012 MacBook Air - Sold it - Need to wipe, How?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by bwfc0907, Jan 27, 2013.

  1. macrumors regular

    Sep 27, 2008
    Bolton, UK
    I've sold a 2012 MacBook Air. Need to remove everything from it so its as originally bought.
    I used Cmd R and erased everything but it wants me to reinstall the operating system with my Apple ID?
    Is this correct? Or how do I make as was when originally bought?
  2. macrumors 603


    As far as I can tell the AppleID is only used for the install, when that is finished and the new User starts up the Air it will start with a clean startup without your AppleID.
  3. macrumors member

    Jul 20, 2012
    Using an Apple ID for OS X installation is not required.

    You can boot the MBA, repartition and format the disk, then install OS X from scratch across the network.

    See http://support.apple.com/kb/PH10763

    That article assumes the recovery partition is already present. If you really nuke the disk, the OS X installation process will first download and create a new recovery partition, then install from that.
  4. macrumors G4

    Oct 23, 2010
    If you reinstall the OS then you can shut it down after that. When the new owner opens it up, it will go through the setup routine as if it were new.

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