How do I bring my iMac back to day 1?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by ricardofel, Oct 23, 2010.

  1. ricardofel macrumors newbie

    Feb 12, 2007
    Sold my 24" iMac and want to clean it up and delete everything...what do I need to do? Many thanks...please email
  2. MacHamster68 macrumors 68040


    Sep 17, 2009
    2 ways

    1st way a bit time consuming . put in your OSX snow leopard disc and format the drive and install snow leopard or was it sold with leopard, doesnt actually matter the result will be that the new owner will see the same welcome screen like you did when you first startet up the iMac,
    then give him all the software discs of the apps you sold with the Mac so he can install everything like iLife , office or iWork ...after he he had seen the welcome screen , thats the fine way of selling a Mac

    2nd way the fast way create a new user account , give that new user account full admin rights then log in as this new user and delete your own old account , downside the new owner will not see the welcome screen , its the prefered way of people who sell their Mac without any software discs ,and sell these disc separate and not the fine way as the new owner has to buy these too in order to own the software on the Mac
  3. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
  4. Stealthipad macrumors 68040


    Apr 30, 2010
    I vote for HellHammer's idea. Option number 2 with the previous poster would leave most of your past data recoverable which should not even be an option for me. This data could be easily accessed and used against you.

    Take a few minutes and do it right!
  5. C. Alan macrumors 6502

    Jan 23, 2009
    +2 for the Hellhammer approach. This is the best way to get rid of all the old data.
  6. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040


    Jan 25, 2009
  7. BOSS10L macrumors 6502a

    Jan 13, 2008
    Upstate NY
    Thanks for the link, considering selling my MB.
  8. Northgrove macrumors 65816

    Aug 3, 2010

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