Prepping my iMac for resale

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by qcom, Apr 21, 2010.

  1. qcom macrumors newbie

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    Hello everyone, I'm slightly sad to say, but after converting from a hardcore PC user to a devoted Mac fanboy, I have decided to switch back again...

    It honestly isn't because I don't like the OS. I LOVE the OS, but I can't STAND all of the incompatibility between certain professional programs, and I hate having to ask 'is this available for macs?'. Additionally, gaming on a Mac is a JOKE! I thought I would stay true to my iMac so I bought a game or two, and they ran HORRIBLY!! I don't know why, but they don't seem built to run the games.



    I digress, and apologize for my rant! :p


    Anyway, to the main question at hand, I am looking to wipe my iMac for resale to some 'lucky' individual on eBay or Craigslist. Now, I would really like to sell it with some of my beastly software included, such as the Adobe Creative Suite CS3 (Web Premium) and iWork 2008 AND 2009. Yet, if I do a massively clean install, and prep it for someone to take it so that all of my personal data has been carefully removed, how do I keep the software installed?


    Sorry if this post is in the wrong thread, I didn't know where else to turn..


    Thanks,

    BOSS
     
  2. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

    BlueRevolution

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    If there's something you need for work, you probably should've looked into that in advance.

    That's why (the only reason) I have Windows installed on my Mac. Games run wonderfully on that.

    You don't. You'd have to reinstall it afterwards.
     
  3. thecheda macrumors 6502

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    Prep

    I am also wondering about how you would clear all your data. I know data recovery is insane nowadays. A single reinstall doesn't seem enough...
     
  4. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    Reboot to the computer's restore disk, select English, go to Utilities -> Disk Utility, select the hard drive, Erase, Security Options -> 7-pass erase, Erase.
     
  5. XxxMadCowxxX macrumors newbie

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    I think maybe i should sell my MacPro ;(

    Need some cash ;(
     
  6. qcom thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you for the responses.

    Now, if I take something such as the Adobe Creative Suite, and I reinstall it after I reboot to the computer's restore disc, and then '7-pass erase' my HDD, that means I would have to create a new username, doesn't it... That's not really all that bad, but I am just wondering.

    Also, would I need to include the install discs? Or should I just leave the actual programs on the machine?
     
  7. 87vert macrumors 6502

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    depending on how paranoid you are you could just install a new / different drive into the iMac and then reinstall SL.
     
  8. cderalow macrumors 6502

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    if the software is legit, you would have to provide the installation disks.

    if it's not, then don't even include it.
     
  9. qcom thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Of course mine's legit :D, but yeah, I guess I'll have to make that decision whether or not I'll include it. Do you think it'll add enough value including it?
     

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