Erasing data but keeping applications

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by HstephenG, Jul 21, 2012.

  1. HstephenG macrumors newbie

    Jan 1, 2012
    I know there are similar threads but none seem to describe solutions to what I need:
    I am selling my macbook (Late 2006, Lion), to a friend and want to keep the applications on there but erase all the sensitive data. Does anyone have any suggestions on the best way to do this?
    Appreciate any help!
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    If you only used one or two user accounts, create a third admin one, login to that account, delete your user account(s) via System Preferences > Accounts > MINUS button when you select you account(s). Choose to delete the home folder and after that is done, go to Disk Utility, select the Macintosh HD volume (where your OS resides on) and click the ERASE tab and there click the ERASE FREE SPACE button and there select ZERO OUT DELETED FILES.

    Also know, that keeping paid applications on there without giving your friend the installation media is considered illegal and thus it would be easier to wipe the Mac and show your friend how to torrent stuff.

    You may also have to look for threads and guides describing unlinking your Mac from your iTunes/Mac App Store account (Apple ID).
  3. HstephenG thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 1, 2012

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