Preparing MBA for resale

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by NewbieCanada, May 24, 2012.

  1. NewbieCanada macrumors 68030

    Oct 9, 2007
    I'll be selling my 2011 MBA 13 soon, possibly to a friend, but potentially on the open market.

    In order to prepare it, should I securely erase the SSD, then reinstall Lion?

    I don't really store any data on it, apart from my iTunes library, so my assumption is that I can just copy that to another drive, and when my MBP arrives (likely after I've sold the MBA) I can just transfer my apps and settings from my MacMini and then copy the iTunes library over.

    There are several months of AppleCare left on it - how do I ensure the new buyer benefits from it, should they need it?
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    To backup your data, you can create a bootable clone of your drive with Carbon Copy Cloner.

    For preparing the Mac for sale, if you're on Snow Leopard or earlier:
    If you're on Lion or later:

    AppleCare follows the computer, not the owner. Anyone who buys the Mac will have access to any remaining AppleCare coverage automatically.

    You can verify remaining warranty/AppleCare coverage for any Mac by entering the serial number here.
  3. NewbieCanada thread starter macrumors 68030

    Oct 9, 2007

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