factory/brand new condition mac help

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

  1. mak macrumors member

    Feb 19, 2005

    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?

  2. XNine macrumors 68040


    Apr 7, 2005
    Why are you wearing that stupid man suit?
    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


    Jun 2, 2004
    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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