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Discussion in 'MacBook' started by One Apple, Mar 26, 2010.

  1. One Apple macrumors newbie

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    Hey guys, i have a question. A week ago i bought a macbook from a friend of mine. He was getting a new macbook pro and wanted to get rid of his old one so he sold it to me. The computer is a white macbook. the polycarbonated one. He made a copy of everything on his computer to a external Hard drive. But now i want to basically erase everything that is on it. Is there a simple way i can do that just format it. I have no cds to put back anything. I just want it to be the way it came out of the box. Thank a lot i appreciate it :D
     
  2. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    You should ask your friend for the "restore" CDs that came with the computer
     
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    If you can't get the install disks that came with the computer from your friend, you can call Apple Customer Service at 800-676-2775 for replacement disks.
     
  4. blackburn macrumors 6502a

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    I don't know how much the disks cost, but you could get the snow leopard install disk for 30 bucks or less, but you would lose iLife
     
  5. One Apple thread starter macrumors newbie

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    how do i get the install disks from apple. Do they need any specific information from me. So if I were to get these disks how would i got with formatting my macbook? is there a simple way?
     
  6. lyons238 macrumors 6502

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    there talking about the osx disks. your friend has them. they give u a copy when u buy the computer. you basically erase everything on the hd then put the disk in and boot the computer up and install. this is so you start fresh and have no junk files that have collected over time. you can find out exactly how to do this on apples site. search erase and re install in the support section
     
  7. ARF900 macrumors 65816

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    As said many times above you need to get the restore CDs from your friend.

    Otherwise just make a new account, then delete his user folder. You can get a free app called appcleaner to erase any of his old apps you dont want.
     
  8. One Apple thread starter macrumors newbie

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    OK, after i get those cds, how can i reformat the the hard disk. Can someone give a step by step of doing this. i have never done this before. Sorry. this is my first mac so i have never done this. I appreciate. Thank you.:D
     
  9. spinnerlys Guest

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    Look at this guide: http://macs.about.com/od/applications/ss/diskutilformat.htm

    And use MRoogle, as your question has been answered more often than there are words in this post.



    Btw, a more specific and descriptive thread title (for future endeavours) could get you more answers.

    Also have a look at the following links, as the information presented there might be helpful in your future endeavours into Mac OS X and could clear up initial confusion and may even prevent harm to your system or your files.


    http://www.apple.com/support/switch101/ - text


    http://www.apple.com/findouthow/mac/ - videos


    http://www.apple.com/support/mac101/ - text


    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1343-keyboard - shortcuts
     

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