Selling my MacMini...How do I get it ready for the new owner?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by punkmac, Sep 24, 2006.

  1. punkmac macrumors regular

    Jan 27, 2004
    I'm finally selling my Mini. I want to wipe the HD, and set it up like new for the buyer.

    I can do this with the install disc right. How about passwords and master user accounts wil they be cleared also? How about AppleCare?

    Alot of questions I know but just want to do it right before I wipe the drive.

  2. iGary Guest


    May 26, 2004
    Randy's House
    Just make sure you do an erase and install not archive and install and you should be OK.

    I usually just quit at the intro screen when it asks you to setup after its done.
  3. Dont Hurt Me macrumors 603

    Dont Hurt Me

    Dec 21, 2002
    Yahooville S.C.
    You will have the option of zeroing out all the data when your doing that and you should do that.
  4. rtharper macrumors regular


    Sep 6, 2006
    Oxford, UK
    I would DoD wipe it before doing any of this. This involves writing random data to the drive, usually successive times but even once is better than just zeroing out the data. Research has show zeroed out drives still have EASILY recoverable data on them. I believe one pass of random data satifies DoD overwrite procedures.

    The following command works on HP-UX, not sure if it will work on OS X (it should). NOTE: THIS WILL DESTROY ALL OF THE DATA ON YOUR DISK DRIVE, USUALLY UNRECOVERABLE!

    # dd if=/dev/urandom of=/dev/<diskdevicename> bs=1024k

    and be patient, it takes a while. Oh, and you have to be a superuser (admin, root, etc.) to do this.
  5. Aperture macrumors 68000


    Mar 19, 2006
    That seems to work the best, I always shut down at that screen when selling a mac.
  6. ®îçhå®? macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2006
    Ideally, you want a new hard drive in it so that they can definately not access your data. However, if you change out the HD, then the warreanty is void. Yeah as iGary said, just a simple wipe then reinstall OS X is sufficient and they probably wont go lookingf to gain access to your files.
  7. punkmac thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 27, 2004
    What about Applecare?

    Will the new owner have to contact Apple about transfering Applecare. Does he need my reciept?

    Everything is ready to go....

  8. steve_hill4 macrumors 68000


    May 15, 2005
    NG9, England

    As for AppleCare, no harm in ringing/contacting Apple quickly before you sell. Usually, it gets transferred as the extended warranty is with the item, not the owner.

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