Sold Mac but forgot to wipe

Discussion in 'OS X El Capitan (10.11)' started by masands, Jul 2, 2016.

  1. masands macrumors regular

    Sep 17, 2010

    Sold my MacBook Pro today. I chose the Reinstall OSX option prior to giving it to the buyer. I forgot to go into Disk Utilities and select the Erase Drive option.

    My account was encrypted and had a password. Will the buyer be able to access all my files? I've messaged him to let him know to use the Wipe Mac option but he might not end up doing it.

    This has me really worried...

  2. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    If you had enabled FileVault, then the buyer won't be able to access your files.
  3. macrumors 603

    May 26, 2016
    If you just had your normal Mac login then there are ways to get around it.
  4. masands thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 17, 2010
    Thanks. The buyer contacted me as he was presented with a lock screen after the re-installation of OS X. I got him to erase th SSD but unfortunately he got some error preventing the installation. Eventually he got it to work but was really pissed off by this point.

    Apple should make it much easier to reset a Mac for sale. Why does it have to download OS X all over again? The poor guy wasted 2 hours the first time and the another 2 hours after erasing it.
  5. JohnDS macrumors 65816

    Oct 25, 2015
    Don't blame Apple because you forgot to wipe the drive.
  6. Significant1 macrumors 6502

    Dec 20, 2014

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