Delete user account or reformat?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Outkast27, Apr 19, 2013.

  1. Outkast27 macrumors 6502

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    I want to lend my imac to my uncle until I find buyer for it. Before I take it to him I want to get my files off. I dont want to reformat it if I dont have to. Can I delete my user account and just add a new one for him? Will that remove all my data? will that leave Microsoft office?
     
  2. Macman45 macrumors demi-god

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    It will, but why not just change the permissions so your uncle can't access your stuff?
     
  3. justperry macrumors 604

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    If you have FileVault2 enabled and delete that User Account nobody can recover it.
     
  4. Outkast27 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I no longer need my files on there at all since Im using my mbpr and have the imac on craigslist for sale.
     
  5. Macman45 macrumors demi-god

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    Why not re-format then? As long as you have the MS Ofice DVD's or install codes you can give him a clean Mac.
     
  6. Outkast27 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Just trying to keep it quick and simple, if possible. Instead of re-downloading updates and installing apps.
     
  7. Arfdog macrumors 6502

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    Reformat? What is this, the 90's?
     

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