Giving Mini away - what to do to remove personal data

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  1. pianoman88 macrumors regular

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    I am giving a 2013 Mac Mini (server) to a local non-profit and was wondering what I need to do to securely delete personal information (passwords, iTunes store, etc.)?

    Thanks
     
  2. talmy macrumors 601

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    Boot to the recovery partition (hold down Cmd-R while booting) Go to the Disk Utility and erase the disk. Then have it reinstall OS X. This will take a while, but when done the system will be in its pristine original state. Contact Apple about the change in ownership so the non-profit will be able to set up with the the Apple Store to be able to download the OS, iLife apps, and OS X Server in the future.
     
  3. MacUser2525 macrumors 68000

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    You will also want to deactivate that device from your iTunes account.
     
  4. pianoman88 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Deactivate computer on iTunes

    And how do you do that?
     
  5. edenbensal, Aug 2, 2013
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    edenbensal macrumors regular

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    How to authorize or deauthorize your computer with your Apple ID (you'll need to enter your password):


    iTunes in the Cloud:
    Go to menu->iTunes Store->View Account (you'll need to enter your password)
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    Click on Manage Devices:
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    Choose which device you want to remove
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  6. The Man macrumors 6502

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    If you didn't encrypt the whole disk, then I would opt to do a simple zero out in Disk Utility -- it simply overwrites all the data with zeros -- and then reinstall the system. Don't do a 3 or 7 pass secure erase because it takes too long -- and also causes the Mac to heat up quite a lot.
     
  7. opinio macrumors 65816

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    P.S. first jpeg has some info in it you may want to delete.
     

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