Reset to factory

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by zebek, Feb 3, 2013.

  1. zebek macrumors newbie

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    Hey everyone,
    New here and searched but couldn't find the answer so thought I would post, so be gentle. About 5 years ago I purchased a Macbook for my daughter it had some issues and after 5 repairs her extended warranty gave her a new Macbook pro since they stopped making the Macbook. The original one had a restore disk, but the new one didn't come with any disks in the box. Every search I come up with tells me to use the disk to restore to factory settings. I never questioned the no disk thing as I thought I heard at the time apple was stopping disks. Can some one please tell me if I am crazy and if not how I need to reset her macbook?
    Thanks
     
  2. yusukeaoki macrumors 68030

    yusukeaoki

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    Did you purchase it fairly early?
    All the models after 10.7 was released never got a disk.

    You can go into recovery mode in your HARD disk and create a USB boot if you would like to fresh install your OS.
     
  3. maflynn Moderator

    maflynn

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    Apple now has a hidden restore partition instead of disks. To enter the restore partition you hit the cmd-r keys while booting up. From there you can reset your new mac to factory settings if you wish.
     
  4. justperry macrumors 604

    justperry

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    A restore without a secure wipe is not secure, the new owner still can scan the HD/SSD for files.

    You don't even have to reinstall, if you create a new user with admin permissions and then login to the new account and remove the old user and then secure erase it would also do the trick.
    There's a few steps more but essentially that's it.
    (Steps like changing admin password and empty caches and folders in /private/var/folders etc...)
     

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