How to reset a macbook completely?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by bmansports17, Dec 12, 2010.

  1. bmansports17 macrumors newbie

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    Hello,

    I am considering buying myself a new macbook, and giving my friend the one I have now.
    Is it possible to reset or wipe my macbook to the original settings?
    Is it possible to reset it to where it seems brand new?

    Please let me know.
    Thanks
     
  2. alust2013 macrumors 601

    alust2013

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    If you have the disks that came with it, you just need to boot from the OS X install disk and reformat the hard drive, and reinstall the OS. If it came with Leopard and you bought snow leopard, you can also use the disk you upgraded with.
     
  3. Dalton63841 macrumors 65816

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    Check this out: Reset

    It says its for Leopard, but the process works for Snow Leopard as well.

    Actually this will keep the apps you have installed, but removes all the users, the users docs and all, and makes it start up with the video and setup assistant like new the next time it is booted.
     
  4. bmansports17 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the responses.
    they were both helpful.
    I may have an apple advisor walk me through it on the phone, just so i do not mess anything up.
     
  5. jenzjen macrumors 68000

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    +1, probably will take 2 hours of your time but ensures everything is back to factory fresh. If you are paranoid, you can secure erase your disk during the re-install process (I would) but not necessary unless you had some private stuff stored on the HD.
     
  6. R94N macrumors 68020

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    Nice idea. That's probably the best thing to do. I've heard the Apple customer support on the phone are really helpful. Good luck!
     

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