Secure erase SSD, reinstall stock OS that came with MBA. That's what I'd do. Restore it to out of box condition.What are some of the ways (or best way) to prepare an MBA for resale?
If you have some new computer smell, that would help too. (I love new computer smell. Sure, it's probably giving me cancer but at least it is bromide free! )Reformat and reinstall OSX (after backing it up of course), clean the exterior so it looks nice.
Well, you might be able to.The alternative would be to reinstall OSX from a DVD, but unless you have a DVD drive, you won't be able to do that on the road.
My 2010 has a Snow Leopard USB key so this should be a snap.Anyone got a link on reformatting and installing stock OS, I am on the road an have nothing with me; outboard hard drive, osx disc, etc
I am on the road for 2 months and sold my 2011 air to a guy traveling with me, Does anyone have a ms doc or equiv with step by step instructions to migrate all my stuff the new unit and prepare it blank for him?
I have the original Snow Leopard USB key as well as a Lion one I made.I'm on Lion, but I didn't think the MBA2010 supported this.
How do I do this?
EDIT: Nevermind - found the information at Apple support.
Isn't secure erase obsolete on systems with TRIM support? TRIM ensures the data is not recoverable anyway. It's similar to writing over a magnetic hard drive with zeroes.Secure erase SSD, reinstall stock OS that came with MBA. That's what I'd do. Restore it to out of box condition.
You could back up all your stuff, create him as a new user with admin privileges, and then have him remove you as a user, erasing your home folder when he does it.Thanks for the input but I now have another problem and that is the person I'm selling iwants to keep a couple the programs that I have , that I need my install disks that are at home.
so I guess I'll get a big USB flash drive and move all my important content over and let them let him reflash the drive totally when he decides to get copies for himself of the programs that are already on there...
Writing over a magnetic hard drive with only zeroes will still leave data available to be retrieved. This is why multiple writes of random data is used to make irretrievable previous data.Isn't secure erase obsolete on systems with TRIM support? TRIM ensures the data is not recoverable anyway. It's similar to writing over a magnetic hard drive with zeroes.