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Mac Mini Data Erase

hayhay

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Original poster
May 30, 2009
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Texas
I've searched the forums and haven't quite found the scenario I'm in. I have a Mac Mini...bought in 2009 with Snow Leopard...I have since upgraded each time and am currently running Mavricks. I'm FINALLY getting a Macbook Pro in a few days and what I would like to do is transfer all of my info to the Macbook...and then erase the Mini and give it to my Wife. All that I have read instructs to erase, reformat, & reinstall Snow Leopard...but I really wanted to keep Mavericks on it for my Wife and didn't want to have to buy the upgrade AGAIN...so is there a way to wipe the data without reformatting and reinstalling the OS?
 

SandboxGeneral

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Sep 8, 2010
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If I'm reading your post correctly, all you really have to do is create a new user account for your wife and then delete the current account to remove all the data in it.
 
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anonnymouse

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Dec 4, 2011
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my bad, I didn't read closely enough to realize Mavericks was already on the mini.

Do what Sandbox suggested - go to System Preferences > Users and create a new user account for her with Administrator privileges. Once that is done, log out of your account. Log back in to hers, and go back to System Preferences > Users and delete your old account, removing the home folder for that account when it asks you.

Sorry my old answer was incorrect ;)
 
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hayhay

macrumors member
Original poster
May 30, 2009
34
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Texas
If I'm reading your post correctly, all you really have to do is create a new user account for your wife and then delete the current account to remove all the data in it.

DUH!!! of course it can be that simple.

Let me expand on my question. Currently I have my iTunes library, photo library, and Mobile Backups on an external hard drive...the mobile backup has a symbolic link on my Mac mini (that I will be deleting my user on)...I guess the question is...when I restore my new Macbook to the backup that was the Mac mini...will iTunes and iPhoto and mobile sync links be broken?
Sorry...I'm just really paranoid I'm going to lose a bunch of stuff.
 
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