Clearing Computer

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  1. 08mxkfx macrumors regular

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    Im selling my Unibody Macbook and i was wondering how do i clear everything on it so its like new and there is none of my information?
     
  2. ewilson6 macrumors 6502

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    put in your system disk and do a clean install of your OS.

    --Eric
     
  3. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040

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    If you're really paranoid, you can run a 5 or 7-pass formatting. It will take quite a bit of time, but short of full out military/DoD/NSA technology, the disc will never have anything that was there before recovered.

    Single pass formatting before reinstallation will prevent most any day-to-day user from recovering anything.
     
  4. Toofan macrumors member

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    Important

    Do NOT forget to de-authorize your itunes.:apple:
     
  5. upaymeifixit macrumors 6502a

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    Just do a clean re-install.

    Yeah, you should be fine to pop in your install discs, hold "C" while starting up, and go through the normal setup. After it gets done re-installing and starts asking you personal questions, take the disk out and sell it.
     
  6. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040

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    Even if you forget, you can de-authorize all computers once a year via the Music Store account preferences, and then re-authorize the computers you want to work.
     
  7. chrismacguy macrumors 68000

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    You could also select the "Zero-out HD" setting(within the Installer), instead of doing several passes, and this is quite a good data-destructor.
     
  8. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

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    ...what are you getting to replace it?
     
  9. 08mxkfx thread starter macrumors regular

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    Right now im not getting anything to replace but i still have my iMac. I plan on getting a 15in MBP though in the near future cause im going to start getting into filming.
     
  10. Willis macrumors 68020

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    How do you go about doing this? I forgot to de-auth 1 computer years ago and another I lost out on cause of a HD failure
     
  11. bozz2006 macrumors 68030

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    there's an option to do it in the "account" menu under "quick links" in the itunes store.
     
  12. 08mxkfx thread starter macrumors regular

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    Open up itunes click on Store on the menu bar then go to view my account nd then type in your password and then there should be a button on that page that says de-authorize all computers.
     
  13. Willis macrumors 68020

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    No button that says 'de-auth all computers' Just states how man computers have been auth'd on that account
     
  14. bozz2006 macrumors 68030

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    it's the fourth button down in that first box. "deauthorize all"
     
  15. 08mxkfx thread starter macrumors regular

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    Pretty sure it only comes up when you 5 computers authorized
     
  16. Willis macrumors 68020

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    that could be why then. I still have 1 left. Urgh, thats actually really annoying!
     
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