Trying to reinstall OS X on Mac Mini for sale... AppleID required?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by convergent, May 31, 2017.

  1. convergent macrumors 68030

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    I have a 2010 Mac Mini I want to get rid of, and trying to get it back to factory settings. There appears to be no way to install OS X without putting in my AppleID. Any way to do this?
     
  2. keysofanxiety macrumors 604

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    The Apple ID doesn't save or link to the OS whatsoever. It's merely for initial verification. When you enter your details and install the OS, it'll be just like a new machine with the first time setup.
     
  3. UL2RA macrumors 6502a

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  4. convergent thread starter macrumors 68030

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    OK, thanks... that is what I was concluding after going ahead and seeing what happened afterwards. Just for giggles, I tried to setup a new "burner" AppleID to use for this. It created the account, and even logged into Apple Store and updated my mailing address and such. The only thing I didn't do was put in payment info. Trying to use that ID for the install it still won't take it.
     
  5. keysofanxiety macrumors 604

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    It needs to be an OS already redeemed/downloaded from the account, again just for verification purposes. Likely why the burner Apple ID didn't work. :)
     
  6. UL2RA macrumors 6502a

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    Or you could just not worry about any of that and do a clean install like I linked to above.
     
  7. convergent thread starter macrumors 68030

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    It's actually a Late 2009 Mac Mini so not able to run Sierra; and I had already done what I did before you replied! :) But thanks for the suggestion!
     
  8. UL2RA macrumors 6502a

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    You can do a clean install with any version of macOS. This tool makes it easy to do: http://diskmakerx.com/
     
  9. Fishrrman macrumors G4

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    I've come to the conclusion that a USB flash drive makes the best installer solution.

    You can create one using either Diskmaker X or Install Disk Creator (or, the terminal).
     
  10. saulinpa macrumors 6502

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    I agree. I have created an install DVD and installed that way but it takes forever. I think they either removed caching or some other file system optimization.
     

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