factory/brand new condition mac help

Discussion in 'macOS' started by mak, Jul 22, 2005.

  1. mak macrumors member

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    hi,

    i am going to sell my mac soon. i would like to know the best procedure to make my mac 'new' again and set it to the condition it left the factory in.

    i have various important documents and files and want to make sure they are wiped right of.

    can the computer be wiped 100% and thus leaving nothing behind? just being paranoid i suppose but i do want to pass on the computer with nothing of mine left on it.

    can anyone assist?

    thanks,
     
  2. XNine macrumors 68040

    XNine

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    Boot into OS X from the DVD/CD. Use the Disk Utility to reformat the drive using the most complex method possible. (this will eliminate all data on it) If you're real paranoid, do this a couple of times. Re-install OS X from the boot CD afterwards. Make sure to do a thorough cleaning of the hardware. Canned air, and damp Q-tips are yoru best friends.
     
  3. g4cubed macrumors 6502a

    g4cubed

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    From the OSX startup disc restart computer. Under installer > open disk utility > select hard drive (not volume) > erase. Under "Options" select either Zero or 8 Way Random to be sure to eliminate all your data.
     

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