Need Help. Selling MBA, How to Erase SSD?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Ace2617, Aug 18, 2016.

  1. Ace2617 macrumors regular


    Mar 16, 2016
    Hi everyone

    I've decided to sell my MacBook Air. I'm going to be selling it on eBay. Before I list it, though, I want to make sure I wipe the SSD of my data. Can anyone help me with how I would go about doing this? My plan is to do a full backup to my external drive, which would be the last backup of this computer, and then wipe it clean. Is there a way to do this myself? I was thinking of going to my local Apple store and asking them how to do it, but I figured someone here may have some advice.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. CoastalOR macrumors 68020


    Jan 19, 2015
    Oregon, USA
    Here are Apple's instructions on how to prepare for selling you Mac:

    You could enable FileVault, give it time to complete encryption, reformat, then install the OS. The encryption before the reformat will prevent access to you old data by the new owner.
  3. Ace2617 thread starter macrumors regular


    Mar 16, 2016
    Thank you.

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