Is Internet History/Forms/Passwords stored on HDD or RAM?

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  1. OllieDS macrumors member

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    Selling MacBook without HD. Will internet history/forms show?

    Hi. My HDD packed in and I decided it was time for a change anyway.

    I've put my MacBook Pro on eBay without the HDD (I've removed it).

    Now my question is, on Safari & Chrome I will have my Internet History/Forms/Passwords on there.

    So lets say someone buys my MacBook and a new HDD, will these History/Forms/Passwords show up when they go on Safari/Chrome or will it not? I ask this because I'm not sure if this data is stored on the HDD or Ram.

    Any help would be appriciated, Thanks!
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    Data is stored on the HDD for longer availability and is not deleted unless one deletes it oneself or the HDD is failing.
    RAM is volatile and temporary, thus data is not stored there indefinitely. Data in RAM gets deleted once the computer restarts or is shut off.


    PS: One thread per issue does suffice, even if you have not gotten any answer within two minutes, sometimes it takes a bit longer to write them.
     
  3. OllieDS thread starter macrumors member

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    So to confirm. If someone buys my MacBook without the HDD. I won't be automatically signed into things like iTunes? Twitter/Facebook? And they won't have acess to my iCloud Notes?
     
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    The buyer having to at least reinstall the OS onto a new HDD or SSD or bringing his or her own SSD or HDD to the sell in order to confirm, if the machine is even working properly, will not be able to login to any of your online accounts, as there is no login data stored anywhere on a Mac without a proper storage device, since the HDD/SSD is for storage and the RAM is only temporary memory.
     
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