Upgraded Mac mini with SSD now want to restore factory settings to sell

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by addictive, Jul 26, 2017.

  1. addictive macrumors regular

    Jul 6, 2008
    I have a Mac mini (late 2012) which I purchased about a year ago. I installed a SSD 960GB (from an old MacBook) and 8GB RAM. Through theses modifications it has been a really great machine.

    However, now I am tending to use my MacBook Pro for everything I do and as I use it with an external display I prefer now to have only one machine rather than go between the two.

    I plan to sell the Mac mini and then use the funds towards a iPad Pro.

    I am looking for help and a step by step for what I need to do (restore factory settings?) to be able to sell it.

    I realise I need to back up my data but what would be the next steps? I have read that SSD's are difficult to wipe or rewrite, is this true? The last thing I want to do is to back up all my data and then do something to the SSD causing it not to function.

    I would like to be able to have Mac OS Sierra downloaded on this Mac mini so it will be set up for the next owner. Is this possible after I have restored it to factory settings.

    Given the age of the Mac mini I believe the modified ones with a SSD go for a decent price.

    Many thanks in advance for your help and advice.
  2. Audit13 macrumors 68040


    Apr 19, 2017
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    For an ssd, the maker may have a utility for securely wiping the drive. After wiping, perform an internet recovery or install the os via flash key.
  3. kohlson macrumors 68000

    Apr 23, 2010
    There are several ways, ranging from using a secure delete instruction as part of the drives firmware, to reformatting the drive. All this depends on how well you want to erase things. A straightforward approach: sign out of all accounts; use disk utility to erase the drive, and write zeros (you'll need to boot from another volume); re-install MacOS. Download the installer to your "other" drive before starting.
  4. ApfelKuchen macrumors 68030

    Aug 28, 2012
    Between the coasts

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