Reformatting HardDrive on MacBook

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by CS-Ryan, Jan 27, 2011.

  1. CS-Ryan macrumors newbie

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    Hey there guys, this is my first post on this forum and im sure this topic has been asked to the point of nausea, but i searched and could not find the answer i was looking for:

    My boss just bought a used MacBook for us to use at the office, however, he wants it wiped clean so he can "start over" before we start installing our own applications on the HD.

    Is there a way i can wipe the 'slate clean', if you will, without a reformatting disk? (the laptop didnt come with one, just power cord)

    Any help you all could give me would be greatly appreciated...
     
  2. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Not really
    You should just go ahead and pony up for the Snow Leopard disc
    You will need one to reinstall the OS anyway
     
  3. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Go and buy Snow Leopard for 29$ and use this guide.
     
  4. CS-Ryan thread starter macrumors newbie

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    We just got a brand new iMac, can i use that installation disc(s) on the MacBook?
     
  5. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    No, if they came with the iMac they are machine specific
    You will need a retail version of SL
     
  6. CS-Ryan thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you, I appreciate the rapid response. That was quite quick :)

    What about deleting the previous owners account, and starting a new one.

    My Boss' main concern is having the computer not say previous owners name, and having our company name put in place of his/hers...

    Thank you in advance..
     
  7. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    That can be accomplished without a fresh install and without the discs
    But at some point, you will likely want the installation discs
     

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