Fresh OSX install?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Rufuss Sewell, Nov 12, 2015.

  1. Rufuss Sewell macrumors 6502

    Jun 25, 2010
    Austin, TX
    This is probably a silly question...

    But I'm trying to sell my 2009 17" MBP. I'd like to wipe it clean with fresh OSX install. I spent the better part of the day downloading and reinstalling OSX looking for the "fresh install" option.

    Once everything rebooted I still had all my data, apps and settings loaded up.
    What did I miss?

    And is there an easier way to erase all content and settings to bring it back to "from the store" condition without downloading and reinstalling the entire OS?

  2. hwojtek macrumors 65816


    Jan 26, 2008
    Poznan, Poland
    1. Remove all non-stock applications.
    2. Open iTunes, deauthorize computer.
    3. Set up a new admin account (name it "admin" or sth)
    4. Log in to this account.
    5. In Finder go to /Users, delete all folders apart from "Admin" and "Shared"
    6. Empty trash.
    7. Log out.

    This is very crude and very basic, you won't remove A LOT of (also personal) information stored on the computer, but it will look more or less like a fresh install.
    I personally prefer to reinstall OS from scratch, takes less than 1 hour.

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