old MacBook Pro SOLD - need to restore to factory

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by mpopejoy, Apr 5, 2010.

  1. mpopejoy macrumors newbie

    Apr 5, 2010
    I recently sold my older MBP and already backed up the system via Time Machine. However, I need to wipe clean the hard drive for the new user. Is there a clear cut way to restore the system? I do not have the boot drive with me as I am traveling but would like to know if there is a way without using the disk.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. 1881 macrumors newbie

    Jan 12, 2010
    I just did that myself and the only way is to boot from OS X disk go to disk utility do a secure erase and reinstall the OS. This is the safest and easiest way.
  3. techound1 macrumors 68000


    Mar 3, 2006
    Drop the $25 for a copy Snow Leopard and use that disc to do your erase and install.
  4. Relznuk macrumors 6502


    Sep 27, 2009
    UT, USA
  5. elpmas macrumors 68000


    Sep 9, 2009
    Where the fresh snow don't go.
    Yeah, buy the cheap OSX from Apple and do a clean install. Also, give the copy of OSX to the buyer, it'll show that you cared about them, thus leading to possible future business activities :D

    Or...you can just replace the HD with a new one ^_^

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