Giving Mini away - what to do to remove personal data

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by pianoman88, Aug 2, 2013.

  1. pianoman88 macrumors regular

    Aug 20, 2010
    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.)?

  2. talmy macrumors 601


    Oct 26, 2009
    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


    Mar 17, 2007
    You will also want to deactivate that device from your iTunes account.
  4. pianoman88 thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 20, 2010
    Deactivate computer on iTunes

    And how do you do that?
  5. edenbensal, Aug 2, 2013
    Last edited: Aug 3, 2013

    edenbensal macrumors regular

    Oct 8, 2012
    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)
    Click on Manage Devices:
    Choose which device you want to remove
  6. The Man macrumors 6502

    Jul 7, 2004
    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

    Mar 23, 2013
    P.S. first jpeg has some info in it you may want to delete.

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