How to prepare imac for sale?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by zerozoneice, Jul 30, 2013.

  1. zerozoneice macrumors regular

    Jun 26, 2013
    Any tips?
    I bought it with os x 10.7 and bought 10.8 from appstore using my id. Recovery partition was 10.7 before, now is 10.8 so if i wipe/reinstall from network (or whomever i sell it to) what version will be installed?

    Also how can i properly wipe everything and return to clean factory settings?
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    If you installed Mountain Lion, then your recovery partition will be ML. If you only bought the OS, downloaded it but not installed it then your recovery partition will be Lion. Am I misunderstanding your question?
  3. zerozoneice thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 26, 2013
    i bought ML 10.8, downloaded and upgraded from 10.7, therefore now it's running 10.8.4 and recovery is also 10.8.4
  4. Bear macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    If you boot to internet recovery and wipe the disk, you can download 10.7 on to the computer. Which is what you want to do.
  5. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    Here is what you do to get back to a fresh Lion install.

    Do a command-option-r boot (all three keys at once). That will give you the spinning globe screen and eventually Internet Recovery. Once the recovery screen comes up start Disk Uil and select the drive name itself at the top (like 1TB Seagate or whatever). Not Macintosh HD... but the drive name above it. Now erase the drive in Mac OS Extended format. Quit Disk Util then click install OS. It will take a while to DL the 4.7GB package and install it.

    Once the install is done and the welcome screen comes up where you select language etc... do a command-q to quit the installer and shut down.

    This way when the new owner turns on the machine the setup assistant will run.

    This will get you back to Lion.
  6. zerozoneice thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 26, 2013

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