how do I return my computer to a clean slate?

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by jrm27, Mar 26, 2013.

  1. jrm27 macrumors 6502

    Jan 3, 2008
    Hello all,

    I'll be starting a new job next week and my current employer has asked that I wipe my current computer in anticipation of the new person coming in for my position. They just want it restored to it's factory sent state, where I'll just make a general user log in and the next person can set it up how they like it.

    So... how would I do that? Without a Mntn Lion install disk? I'm on 10.8.3


  2. Btrthnezr3 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 5, 2010
  3. Weaselboy macrumors Core


    Jan 23, 2005
    If you are not particularly concerned the new user using recovery tools to bring back your data, you could just make a new admin account and from that account delete your account and be done with it.

    If you really want to wipe the drive and start fresh, do a command-r boot to recovery then start Disk Utility and erase Macintosh HD. Then quit Disk Utility and click install OS. It will take some time as the 4.7GB installer downloads over the Internet.
  4. jrm27 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 3, 2008
    ohh.. a new user account. I didnt think of that. Hmm... that might actually be the best option as there a bunch of programs (Adobe Creative Suite) that I would have to reload. Would this keep the programs on the computer, and then I can just re-set them in the new user account?
  5. Weaselboy macrumors Core


    Jan 23, 2005
    Yes... all the apps would still be there. The new user could just start running them and save their docs in their own new account. You would not need to do anything.

    This does sound like the best option for you. With those Adobe apps you will have to reinstall and reenter serial numbers if you wipe the drive and reinstall the OS. Big hassle.

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