10.6.8 backup disk

Discussion in 'macOS' started by jay-a-a, Oct 19, 2013.

  1. jay-a-a macrumors newbie

    Jan 6, 2013
    I have a mac mini running 10.6.8 which i bought second hand. I dont have any of the setup disks.
    i have bought a new mac and want to sell this one but want to erase everything first.
    Can i create a recovery disk or what are my options?
  2. KoolAid-Drink macrumors 65816

    Sep 18, 2013
    1) Purchase Mountain Lion/Mavericks (if you still have the Mini when Mavs is released) from the App Store on the Mini, then do an erase and install. (if you choose to do this, copy the installer to an USB flash drive, give them the flash drive, and increase the selling price to cover the $20/USB flash drive)

    2) Erase the HD and let the customer purchase Mountain Lion/Mavericks themselves. (they may have to bring it to the Apple store to have the OS installed)

    3) Securely erase the user account and all 3rd party/purchased Apple apps, essentially making the system a new one. (but this isn't 100% guaranteed to remove cruft from the OS)

    4) Bring the Mini into an Apple store, explain that you lost the original discs to the computer, and just need it erased/set as new. They have the necessary installation drives to reinstall Snow Leopard, so they would just reinstall the OS, and there shouldn't be a charge. (this option is best if you live near to the Apple store and have time to do that)

    It's honestly the responsibility of your buyer whether or not they want to purchase Mountain Lion or Mavericks, so I would go with option 3 or 4, whichever is most optimal for you.

  3. jay-a-a thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 6, 2013

  4. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

    Dave Braine

    Mar 19, 2008
    Warrington, UK
    you can buy a retail copy of Snow Leopard from the online Apple Store for $19. You could then do a clean re-install on the Mini, but don't do the setup bit. Then when the new owner boots up, they can then setup the Mini as they require.
  5. Bear macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    This is risky as it depends on what version of OS X the mini shipped with.

    The 2 best choices are getting it reloaded at an Apple store or getting a copy of the original installation disks for the system from Apple. Apple doesn't charge much for a copy of the restoration discs/

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