How to reset macbook pro 13 - selling it

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by Turbones, Oct 9, 2012.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Oct 9, 2012
    Can anyone help me out with resetting my macbook pro to factory status? I will be selling it. So, it needs to be as completely new as when I first powered it up. With the new user account prompting & all that.

    Now, I have read up on my own and I know the part about pressing command-R during startup to load Lion Recovery. Also, erasing and reformatting the Macintosh HD using disk utility.

    What I do not get is the part about installing Mountain Lion through an internet connection. To do this, one has to sign in with an Apple id and a password. I have these. But I did not get Mountain Lion from the app store. I bought it a few days ago with everything preinstalled.

    My concern is to delete all personal data and my user account. If I sign in with my details to install the OS, wouldn't the laptop be already customized?

    Can someone please help me out on this? Appreciate it.
  2. macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    Copy your data, zero out your hard drive and reinstall the OS you sold it with. Be sure to provide the OS DVDs. Install whatever other software it was supposed to come with as well.
  3. macrumors newbie

    Oct 9, 2012
    If you perform an Erase & Install as described here, you shouldn't have to re-enter your AppleID information to reinstall, however you will still need to be connected to the Internet.

    Edit: I didn't read all of OP's post, changed my answer.
  4. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 9, 2012
    I think I'll try out what HGMIV18 suggested. After I have reinstalled OS X, how do I skip the whole create a new user account thing? Does anybody know? I read somewhere to press Command-Q. That doing so will quit the installer and allow me to shut down the computer. Is it so?
  5. RipeRetina, Oct 9, 2012
    Last edited: Oct 9, 2012

    macrumors regular


    Mar 26, 2009
    Put Mountain Lion on a flash drive. There are plenty of websites that show you how to do this. I'd post one for you, but macrumours doesn't like it when I post certain links.

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