I keep 3 flash drives updated with them at all times. . I did the 7 pass and it had taken some time but it made me feel better. Thanks to everyone for the replies up to this point. If you get stuck during reinstallation, see our for additional help. Zero Out Data will nicely wipe your drive, but if it will help you sleep better at night, feel free to choose one of the other options note that they can take quite a long time to do their thing. You obviously can't throw them out.
If you want to 'inadvertently' leave some software on there you can always reinstall it! The first thing you should do before hitting the streets to sell your old Mac is clear it of any and all personal data. You begin the process of preparing iMac for sale by choosing your model on our website. If you don't deauthorise it before you sell it, it will be included in your total out of 5, even after you have restored the software to its original state. Once you've selected the correct disk click the Erase button. I could very well be wrong, but I will check to make certain. If the computer goes to sleep, it will stop the installation process from continuing and you'll have to start over. Sorry I'm a bit late to get back here.
What do you guys do with the hard disks you remove? It is that time again. Particular thanks for the warnings concerning license considerations. As a result, once a drive is reformatted and a substantial amount of new data written to it, the old information is difficult to impossible to retrieve. You must not include it with the computer. Fastest of all is a , but they are expensive in larger capacities.
You'll have to decide based on what your Mac is compatible with. Once you know you have everything off, put in the restore disks and boot to it. You can use the Deauthorize All Systems command within your iTunes account if you forget this step, but will then need to set all your existing Macs up all over again. Steps for zeroing the drive Disk Utility: 1. I've removed all of the development apps I've installed, and verified that the computer isn't authorized for my iTunes account.
David Used G5's seem to pull in a good price. Secondary to all of this, I have a question about backing up info and porting it to my new system. Even just reinstalling Windows can use up an authorization several times on the same computer. So I shipped it blank and let the buyer handle the install. I've never been able to get all of these things to go away and I feel like it's chewing up hard drive space for no purpose whatsoever.
Figure out how to move your files to your new Mac. I've tried to search for a very clear answer to my questions in the existing discussions, but have not had much luck. That way you won't lose one of your five authorisations when you wipe the old Mac's drive. While it takes longer, it's advisable to use the Security Zero Data One-Pass option, as it cleans your Mac most effectively. I can easily do a fresh install of Mountain Lion and I think that this will erase any personal data from the computer. De-authorize the computer in iTunes! This is because you can only have five systems linked to your account. You can also use Time Machine to backup your data.
But, if you really don't think you'll need your old computer before getting your new one, just make sure to back up your data so that nothing happens to it before you get what you need onto your new Mac. David Something many people seem to overlook. If you are selling your Mac, then sign out of your account in the iCloud section of System Preferences, using the Delete from Mac command to remove all your synced data from your Mac. Disk Utility also has a 30-pass or something, but I think that's overkill. Once installed, it lets … It is that time again.
Carbon Copy Cloner can be used to take a snapshot of your entire drive and make it bootable. This means that music you have purchased will not be able to be played on that machine anymore without your iTunes account details. You will be able to boot up this clone as and when you need any of the data the Mac you are selling contains. Takes a while, though, depending on the size of the hard drive. How to prepare an old Mac for sale: Turn off Find My Mac Open System Preferences, then select iCloud. When reselling a Mac, it's nice to give the new owner an experience similar to buying a new Mac.