Deleted everything on Mac but safari history/bookmarks/faves still there?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Ralphiatto, Sep 18, 2017.

  1. Ralphiatto macrumors newbie

    Ralphiatto

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    I just reinstalled OS an hour ago by deleting everything on "Macintosh HD" and on the "Apple SSD". When I got my computer back up and running I got on safari and my browsing history from my computer days before I deleted everything was still there as well as my bookmarks, favorites and safari settings. I'm getting ready to sell my macbook in a few months and when I delete everything I don't want a single thing related to me to be on the computer. What did I do wrong/could do different?
     
  2. deany macrumors 68030

    deany

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    I's say it was syncing with iCloud but I don't think history syncs with iCloud.
     
  3. teidon macrumors 6502

    teidon

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    It does. You can go to a webpage on one device and after that the webpage will for example appear on your other device's auto complete when writing an address in the address bar.

    If your MacBook only has an SSD drive (no hard drives), just format the drive and install MacOS. After the install is done, don't start the machine or at least don't enter any information it asks. The next user wants to do that.

    If it has a hard drive, you will want to zero format it at least once, or more if you want to be absolutely sure the data is unrecoverable.
     
  4. Ralphiatto thread starter macrumors newbie

    Ralphiatto

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    Ohh okay so if I erase the SSD and Macintosh HD and let the user enter in all his info on the beginning screen then my stuff won't be there right?
     
  5. teidon macrumors 6502

    teidon

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    Yep. You can either format your SSD or delete the volumes/partitions it has. And after that install macOS so that who ever gets the machine doesn't need to do that.
     

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