Returning Macbook Pro 13... how to Wipe / Delete EVERYTHING?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by hazedragon45, Nov 4, 2009.

  1. hazedragon45 macrumors regular

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    What's the best way to return this macbook to Factory settings with all installed items gone, passwords, email, calendars, photos, music?
     
  2. Mike Macintosh macrumors regular

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    Insert your computers install disc, press C after the bong, go to disc utility, select your harddrive and erase the partition, then after that proceed to install the OS, all your data will then be gone.
     
  3. rgarjr macrumors 603

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    Yeah I think disk utility has an option to zero out all data on the hard drive.
     
  4. hazedragon45 thread starter macrumors regular

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    i'm following these steps.
    It didnt clear my whole laptop. Everything is still there?>...
     
  5. Drag'nGT macrumors 68000

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  6. hazedragon45 thread starter macrumors regular

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    install mac os.. but i dont see an option to "erase and install"

    i guess it's snow leopard
     
  7. Drag'nGT macrumors 68000

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    There's a button on the installer screen that says options. Choose it and then Erase and Install.
     
  8. hazedragon45 thread starter macrumors regular

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  9. Drag'nGT macrumors 68000

    Drag'nGT

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    I looked it up. I can't remember it all. :p

    Select the drive and click 'customize'. I'm guessing that you were afraid you'd click the wrong thing. That's cool.

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    So you gonna get another model? 15"?

    Snow Leopard got a new button and instead of 'options' like the link you posted off Apple's site it says 'customize' now. It even has a blue hue to it to attract your attention to it.
     
  10. hazedragon45 thread starter macrumors regular

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    after i insert the disc, i dont see an option to "customize" either

    nevermind, i do see this. I went through the 1 hour installation, and my comp was the same after
     

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