is it possible to find out if the mac have been used before?

Discussion in 'OS X Yosemite (10.10)' started by desireek, Dec 5, 2014.

  1. desireek macrumors member

    Jan 24, 2014
    Hello everyone!

    I wonder if it possible to find out if an iMac have been used before but sold as new.

    The case is that i know someone returned a iMac 27" in the same store where i bought my iMac 27" a couple of weeks ago.

    I know the user updated it to yosemite, and it have been deleted and reinstalled yosemite so all data was gone, the new owner could just register to use it and start on a clean computer.

    In this case I'm unsure if i got a used product, my iMac came with mavericks 10.9.4 but i guess it easily could be reinstalled over the yosemite?

    Wonder if it´s possible to track it inside the computer if it have been used before or reinstalled back to mavericks?

    Many thanks for any reply on this case, strange question but i just want to ask about it :)
  2. jdphoto macrumors 6502


    Jan 13, 2014
    I'm not sure if there is a way to track if it has been used and reverted back. We order a lot of Macs where I work and it the last ones we got new that still had Mavericks on them were running 10.9.4 so it does match that. You can also go to the web address below and see if it has been registered to someone else.
  3. steve23094 macrumors 68020


    Apr 23, 2013
    I don't know where you live. But in some countries (the UK and NZ which I know about) this is illegal. It is probably unlikely that Apple would try to circumvent this because they would be in the doo doo pretty quickly.
  4. mfram macrumors 65816

    Jan 23, 2010
    San Diego, CA USA
    Did you buy the iMac from the Apple Store? If so, I'd be surprised that it contained an old O.S. I bet Apple Store product inventory turns over quickly.

    But if you bought the computer from another retailer, then it's very possible that you bought a computer that had been sitting on a shelf for a while. Maybe only for a couple months would be old enough for the older O.S. to be loaded on it.
  5. desireek thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 24, 2014
    No it was not bought from applestore but a apple reseller.
    I don't want to post out the name case I'm wrong so I do not ruin the rumors of some reseller :)
  6. redheeler, Dec 6, 2014
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2014

    redheeler macrumors 603


    Oct 17, 2014
    Did it come with the stock Mavericks version of the iWork apps? If so, chances are that it was running an image of 10.9.4 like the one that came on my Mac mini new out of the box. This wouldn't 100% guarantee that it was brand new, but does increase the likelihood of it having been imaged at the factory.

    Unless there were any other clues to it having been used before (for example, a broken seal) it was probably new and had been sitting on the shelf for a while.

    Edit: This is assuming a late 2013 iMac. Also, if the iWork apps are not present then it is almost certainly a non-factory install.
  7. gyles macrumors newbie

    Dec 3, 2014
    Dhaka, Banglaesh
    Need to know more about this. But there should be a way to track this.
  8. iosuser macrumors 6502a

    Mar 12, 2012
    Quick and dirty method, check the SMART status of the hard drive and see how many on/off cycles and hours of operations it has been in service.
  9. h9826790 macrumors G4


    Apr 3, 2014
    Hong Kong
    Same suggestion:rolleyes:
  10. Altemose macrumors G3


    Mar 26, 2013
    Elkton, Maryland
    Very nice avatar you have there... :D
  11. h9826790 macrumors G4


    Apr 3, 2014
    Hong Kong
    You too :D

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