macrumors newbie
Original poster
Dec 8, 2011
I'm wondering if you guys can help me. I have an old 2.4ghz 15" white macbook that I am selling on craigslist. I have a buyer that wants to pick up the macbook tomorrow. I want to clean it up so all my data is off. Problem is I no longer have the disks for a factory reset, and even if I did my cd drive has failed on the macbook anyway. What would be the best way to clean the macbook so they have a fresh macbook that is no cluttered with my data and I dont have any personal info floating around on the macbook? Any suggestions????


macrumors 6502a
Jul 17, 2005
North Carolina
Backup your stuff.

Then: System Prefs > Accounts > make a new admin user for buyer. Login to the new admin acct you just made, System Prefs > Accounts > Delete your old account and, when it asks, choose to delete user data.

The first few steps from the link posted by GGJstudios are also applicable in your case.


macrumors 65816
Jun 26, 2010
Without the install disk AND having a broken optical drive really does limit your options.

Are you running Lion?
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