Formatting my macbook pro so it can be sold

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by ritze, Feb 27, 2008.

  1. ritze macrumors member

    Nov 5, 2007
    i am selling a rev.a macbook pro for the new penryn macbook pro and i wanted to know how to format the old mbp so that when the buyer first starts up the comp it will be like when you first a mac (you can enter your name etc.) would i just format and then not restart after intalling...just switch it off...?

    any help would be appreciated
  2. richard.mac macrumors 603


    Feb 2, 2007
    51.50024, -0.12662
    do an erase and install and shut it down when the Setup Assistant appears.

    i havent tried this but i think the intro movie and setup always restarts if the laptop is shutdown before the Setup Assistant is completed because an invisible file ".AppleSetupDone" in /private/var/db/ is not created.

    more info here
  3. deadpixels macrumors 6502a

    Oct 30, 2006
    just shut it down just after the installation, instead of just restarting it.
  4. ritze thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 5, 2007
    okay cool thanks i just wanted to make sure...that is what i thought i had to do
  5. hooly macrumors regular


    Nov 19, 2007
    Hi Ritze I'd be grateful if you would confirm whether this goes ok; I will be selling mine shortly.



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