How to wipe files etc BUT not software packages

Discussion in 'macOS' started by brigden2008, Jun 16, 2009.

  1. brigden2008 macrumors newbie

    Jun 16, 2009
    Hi, I hope someone will be able to help :)

    I am wondering how i can wipe all my personal data like files, folders, pictures, movies, personal settings

    BUT keep all the software on the machine like parallels, pages etc etc.

    Thanks in advanced.

  2. angelwatt Moderator emeritus


    Aug 16, 2005
    Well, most of what you have saved is like in your home directory using the Documents, Downloads, etc. folders. Just delete everything inside of those and you should be set. Unless I'm missing something.
  3. Duff-Man macrumors 68030


    Dec 26, 2002
    Albuquerque, NM
    Duff-Man says....there are several ways to accomplish that. A simple suggestion would be to make another account on the computer (making it an admin account), logging into that one and deleting your old account, then using a utility to securely wipe the free space on the drive....oh yeah!
  4. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    But beware that when you delete your home directory, all your data will be gone like eMail and bookmarks and so on.
    Also the virtual machine from parallels is stored in the Documents folder of your user.

    Do you want to sell the computer? If so, you shouldn't leave any commercial software on it, unless you transfer the licenses.

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