move it out

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by saga, Nov 5, 2007.

  1. saga macrumors regular

    May 19, 2006
    Returning my macbook to apple for a replacement. I need to clean it. Aside from backing up my files, how do I reset it to what it was before. Do I really need a reinstall of the os.
  2. synth3tik macrumors 68040


    Oct 11, 2006
    Minneapolis, MN
    If your returning the computer you will want to do a clean install with at least a 1 time zero pass on the HD, if your just bringing it in for service a back up is all you need.
  3. FJ218700 macrumors 68000


    Mar 8, 2007
    Blue Dot, Red State
    after you are all backed up, create a new admin user, login, "delete immediately" your old accounts, then go into disk utility and erase the free space 7x over.

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