Does Apple offer trade-ins?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Andrew07, Oct 4, 2007.

  1. Andrew07 macrumors 6502

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    I bought a 17'' MBP about 3-4 months ago, but have found that 17 inches is a bit too big to be carrying to lectures and such, and would like to downgrade to the 15'' model. Sorry if this is a silly question, but does Apple offer any sort of trade-in deal? I upgraded to 4gb of RAM and the 160GB 7200 drive
     
  2. Acehigh macrumors 6502

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    Nope....you can sell yours and buy a new one.
     
  3. ivi7 macrumors 6502a

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  4. Andrew07 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Oh well. One other question...I've never sold a used computer before. If I do a complete reinstall, will all of my personal and financial information that may be on the computer be unretrievable?
     
  5. ivi7 macrumors 6502a

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    I think that should be good enough.
    At work when we salvage old used computers we destroy the hard drive though
     
  6. emptyCup macrumors 65816

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    To be sure you need to erase the drive by overwriting the entire drive. Restart from the disks that came with the computer. Select Disk Utility > Erase > Security Options. The more passes you choose the longer it will take (and it will take a long time). Then reinstall the OS.
     
  7. BigPrince macrumors 68020

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    DOD standards is 3 wipes. All one character(1 or 0), then its complement, then random.

    The minimum you can do with secure erase either a Zero out option which is one pass of all Zero's or 7 wipes which was the old DOD standard.

    I would do a zero out with my own computer.
     

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