Please help with preparing for sale!

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by GeorgeN111, Jul 29, 2012.

  1. GeorgeN111 macrumors regular

    May 24, 2010
    Hello everyone,

    I have ordered the rMBP and I have sold my previous 27" iMac to my father and now need to clear the computer in order to give it to him in the same state as when I brought it. I am switching because I need portability.

    I have just watched a few videos and they just inserted the install DVD and then went to Disk Utilities etc. The problem is, I cannot do this. When I click on install OS X after inserting the DVD, it states that I cannot due to the fact I have Lion on my machine. I am not worried about not having Lion because once he is on Snow Leopard, he will be upgrading to Mountain Lion anyway.

    If someone could go through it step by step that would be awesome, I have yet to find a video on Youtube explaining how to clean a mac to factory state with Lion, whereby the Disks are for Snow Leopard.

    Many thanks in advance,

  2. Kraznoff macrumors member

    Sep 12, 2010
    I believe the issue is you can't downgrade a system after upgrading. So once you installed lion you can't use your old install disk to go back to a previous operating system. I'm not 100% on that so maybe someone else can chime in. Why not install a clean copy of lion? Just hold down command+R while rebooting to enter recovery mode.
  3. squeeks macrumors 68040


    Jun 19, 2007
    after you boot from the CD before installing lion you need to go to utilities and use diskutility to format the drive, then you will be able to install which ever version you like

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