Resetting 2008 Late Model Mac to Factory Setting

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  1. NY.Entrepreneur macrumors newbie

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    Hi

    Can anyone please lead me in the right direction on how to reset my 2008 late model Mac as I would like to sell and delete all info and reset to factory original setting.

    Thank You
     
  2. NY.Entrepreneur thread starter macrumors newbie

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    The site you posted mentions in step 4 to click the "security option" button although when I followed the steps, this button I was unable to click. I just clicked the "erase free space" button and it didn't give me the options listed on the site you posted. However, it did give me a sliding bar and when I slid all the way over it was the "7-Pass..." although didn't give me the option for a "35-Pass...".

    Why was the "security option" button not highlighted?

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  4. simsaladimbamba

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    What Mac OS X version is on the install medium? Have you booted from the install medium?
     
  5. NY.Entrepreneur thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I'm not sure what you mean by "install medium" although Lion is installed on the system.

    I dont understand what you mean "did I boot from the installed medium?". I followed the exact steps from the website you recommended and didn't mention anything about an "install medium".
     
  6. simsaladimbamba

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    Do you still have your grey Restore DVDs or the Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Upgrade DVD? Use one of those, as the Lion install is bound to your Apple ID.

    If you have Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard:
    To create a Clean Install (formerly known as Erase & Install) of Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard (the 29 USD Upgrade DVD is a fully working retail version of Mac OS X and does not need a prior installation of Mac OS X on the Mac), follow one of the following guides:

    If you want to use Mac OS X 10.7 Lion:
    Perform a Clean Install of OS X Lion on Your Mac
     
  7. NY.Entrepreneur thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I already started the other process as stated so I'll follow up after this is finished and I'll let you know.

    Thanks
     
  8. NY.Entrepreneur thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I followed every step to a "T" on the link you sent and after it was finished, nothing happend. I still had all files on the computer.

    Any thoughts on what could have happened?
     
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    Did you do the steps in Mac OS X or did you boot from the grey Restore DVD with Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard on it, the white Upgrade DVD with Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard on it or the Mac OS X 10.7 Lion Recovery Partition?

    I just ask, because I don't understand where you did those steps from.
     
  10. NY.Entrepreneur thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I followed the steps from the link you sent me.

    No DVD's.
     
  11. simsaladimbamba

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    Step four, which I quoted in post #7, I guess?

    But what did you do to fulfill the bolded part? How did you get into Disk Utility, or where did you start Disk Utility from?
    That is what I want to find out, as I am still confused. Do you understand, what I want to know?
     

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