wiping a mini back to factory settings

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by glen e, Mar 18, 2013.

  1. glen e macrumors 68030

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    I searched but I want to make sure:

    I bought a base Macmini over the weekend and now want to exchange it for the i7 1T model. So I've got to return the unit to how it came out of the box. I think I have it figured out:

    boot up while holding CMD-R and choosing "install new OSX" - correct?

    I have everything backed up on a time machine for my stuff...
     
  2. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    that works. I like having a clone and time machine on separate drives. I use superduper to clone a booter
     
  3. simsaladimbamba

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    While not exactly tailored to your situation, this might help.

    Or you create a new admin account, log into it, delete your old account from it, then go to Disk Utility and use the Erase Free Space option.

     
  4. glen e thread starter macrumors 68030

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    in doing a bit more reading, maybe CMD-OPT R is better? in that it will restore it to what it came with?

    Since I'm giving it back to the apple store all I want is my stuff gone..I don't care how I leave it as I assume they will refurb it...
     
  5. eyepea macrumors member

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    Yes that should work. I would suggest erasing the Macintosh HD in Disk Utility after the option screen comes up when you do a CMD-OPT R boot, then close Disk Utility and click the "Install OSX" option.

    Also, to get the "Welcome to Mac OSX Screen" (or something like that) for the new buyer you will want to shut the Mac down at the point that screen comes up after the new install. I have never done that though so someone may know better than I.
     

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