Pls help. trash problems

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by eljeyy, May 20, 2015.

  1. eljeyy macrumors newbie

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    Hey there.
    So I am selling my mac and I thought I would delete all the files off (other than applications) to make it clean. I moved like 10,000 files into my trash (everything under the 'all my files' tab). I was hesitant to delete as I thought deleted all those files might effect performance or be an important file just for the mac to operate.
    I then found that there's a much easier way to do what I was trying to do (creating a new admin account and deleting your old one). but now all these files are in my trash, alot of them dont allow my to 'put back' so my question is this. If I
    A) Create the new admin account and delete my old one with all the trashed files will my computer still run fine.
    or
    B) If I just empty my trash am I going to run into any issues?

    any help would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks
    LJ
     
  2. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    If you are selling your Mac, you should restore it to factory settings.

    https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201314

    If it's an older Mac that doesn't have a recovery partition, just use the included discs to do a clean install.
     
  3. eljeyy thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I need to keep all of my applications.

    And I still need to know if there's any problems with having all those items in my trash or If they okay to be deleted.

    thanks,
     
  4. igucl macrumors 6502a

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    You will want to do the factory restore as suggested above.

    If you do a backup on an external drive of all the applications you wish to keep, it will be a simple process to copy them back to the Mac after the restoration. The factory restore will provide assurance that all your personal data and files will be removed.
     
  5. eljeyy thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Okay, so to be clear, there is definitely no issue with having all of my files including .gif, .php, ect in my trash while I do the factory reset?
     
  6. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    I don't know what you moved into the trash, so I can't tell you if it's ok to delete them.

    If you're selling your Mac, the safest way to protect your data is to do a restore and delete everything off of it. Leaving the software on the computer when you sell it to someone else is probably against the EUL that you agreed to when you installed the software, so....

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    If you're doing a factory reset, it doesn't matter. It'll delete EVERYTHING and then do a fresh install of the operating system.
     
  7. eljeyy thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Okay, So with the applications, such as FCP, Photoshop, Word ect. All I need to do is drag and drop the app files onto an external disk and then move them back on after the factory reset?
     
  8. igucl macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, correct.
     

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