Removing all user data - how?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by BFG, Jan 9, 2007.

  1. BFG macrumors member

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    Im about to sell my MBP, and i was wondering how can i remove all my data i.e. webpages, cookies, passwords, users, files? But leave the programs installed?

    thanks in advance
     
  2. jeremy.king macrumors 603

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    I'd highly recommend a reinstall, with a multipass format depending on sensitivity of contents on your HDD.

    Otherwise, if you want to ignore that and take a risk, try creating a new admin user, login as that new user and delete all the other user logins. This will remove the home folders where a majority of that information you want removed lives.
     
  3. BFG thread starter macrumors member

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    ok if i was to do a reinstall, is it simply a matter of inserting the osx cd and following on from there?
     
  4. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    Yep...you'll want to do an Erase and Install. Very straightforward.

    You will get erase options for the number of passes...note that 35-pass is really only needed for computers with nuclear launch codes on them. (The procedure will likely take days to complete.)

    Seven-pass is very thorough and should only take a few hours...go grab some lunch.
     
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