Wipe without reformat?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Outkast27, Mar 28, 2013.

  1. Outkast27 macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Feb 16, 2012
    Location:
    Earf
    #1
    Im selling my 08 Macbook. Can I wipe my user info without wiping the entire drive and reinstalling osx? It it pretty much a new setup, but I used my name in the finder winder because i used it to setup the mac and install updates. I do not want my name anywhere on the system but I do not want to wipe the hard drive because it is already setup for the new user.
    Is this possible?
     
  2. jav6454 macrumors P6

    jav6454

    Joined:
    Nov 14, 2007
    Location:
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    #2
    Yes. Just create a new user account named "Owner" with administrator access, and then just delete your old account from the account you just created. Bam, your name is gone.
     
  3. mactumors macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Aug 3, 2008
    #3
    If you're selling it to a stranger then I would reformat and write over the drive at least once with 0s so I know they can't recover my stuff.
     
  4. Outkast27 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Feb 16, 2012
    Location:
    Earf
    #4
    OK, I just did that. When I log in as the new user, Microsoft office is not in there.... How do I get it back/?

    ----------

    Its a brand new HD, nothing to recover but thanks.
     
  5. justperry macrumors 604

    justperry

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2007
    Location:
    In the core of a black hole.
    #5
    Did you set it up as Admin, if not you made a big mistake.
     
  6. Outkast27 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Feb 16, 2012
    Location:
    Earf
    #6
    As Admin, yes.

    ----------

    I have not deleted the old account yet, is that why?
     
  7. justperry macrumors 604

    justperry

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2007
    Location:
    In the core of a black hole.
    #7
    Where is Microsoft Office (In Application Folder), you do mean the Application do you?
     
  8. Outkast27 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Feb 16, 2012
    Location:
    Earf
  9. justperry macrumors 604

    justperry

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2007
    Location:
    In the core of a black hole.
    #9

Share This Page