How to reset Mac mini?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by gpspad, Nov 15, 2014.

  1. gpspad macrumors 6502

    Feb 4, 2014
    Want to reset a 2012 Mac mini to give to my parents, don't care about wiping it clean, there isn't much in it, just want to set it up with a fresh install to enter

    my parents Apple id and icloud.

    Any suggestions on the easiest way to do?
  2. gpspad thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 4, 2014
    Thanks, I looked through that. The things is I have another mac mini, and it brings up a scary iCloud drive message.

    So all I want to do is remove my apple id and iCloud drive and have set up one for them. Do I still have to sign off of iMessage and iCloud drive?

    I don't want to delete anything or screw up anything on the iCloud linked to my other mini or iPad.
  3. cinealta macrumors 6502

    Dec 9, 2012
    Why don't you boot from a USB flash drive and do a fresh install of OSX?
  4. gpspad thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 4, 2014
    That sounds like a cool thing to learn, I have no idea how to do that though. Is there a good tutorial on that some where?

    I am using Yosemite, unfortunately I am stuck with verizon DSL, so downloads are slow.
  5. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
    Just create them a user account on the mini and then either delete yours from within there's or leave it.
  6. tdhurst macrumors 601


    Dec 27, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ

    What this guy said. Quickest and easiest way to do it if you're not concerned about data privacy.
  7. gpspad thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 4, 2014
    That sounds like the best way to go, that way I can use my account on their computer when I need to also.

    PS: Still think it would be handy to know how to download and install Yosemite from a USB drive. Ill have to give that a try for the hell of it.

  8. cinealta macrumors 6502

    Dec 9, 2012
    Follow the steps in this thread for a bootable Yosemite USB flash installer:
  9. mgmt-drone macrumors member


    Feb 17, 2014
    Here and there
  10. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    My suggestions:

    1. Make sure that anything you wish to keep has been saved to your new computer.

    2. Create new accounts for your parents. These can be "regular" (non-administrator accounts), or you could give them administrative privileges. What you decide depends on how savvy your parents will be in regards to administrating the Mini.

    3. Create AN ADDITIONAL NEW ACCOUNT with administrator privileges. I suggest you give it an obvious name, such as "administrator". Also, give it an easy password, like "mini".

    4. Now, restart and boot yourself into the "administrator" account.

    5. Next, DELETE your old account (the one that was yours up and until this time). You will have to choose whether to "archive" it, or fully delete it.

    At this point you may want to re-check and make sure all your personal data has been removed (may have been located in places other than your home folder).

    You might want to launch Disk Utility, and tell it to "zero out" the "free space".

    Finally, set up the "users & groups" so that it will boot to your parents' account.

    Now it's time to hand it over to them.

    Additional notes:
    The reason for the additional administrator account will be for YOU to use, if you ever need to do "tech support" for your parents.

    If I was prepping a computer in this manner, I would also run something like "Yasu" on it, to "clean everything out".

    Also, the very last thing I'd do (after Yasu) before handing it over, would be to boot from an external source, and defrag and optimize the internal drive. This will group all files at "the head end" of the hard disk, and leave one contiguous area of "free space" behind it. A good way for them to "start clean"...
  11. gpspad thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 4, 2014
    thanks, great tips.

    I did something similar with the old thinkpad laptop they started out with. Im hoping the mac mini ends up being just as easy to use.

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