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How to Factory Reset Mac OS X to Original Default Factory Settings

User profile for user: 80sSouvenir 80sSouvenir. Am selling my Powerbook G4 on Ebay and need to do a clean install of Tiger. I have the discs but have never done this before! Is this fairly simple to do?

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  • Method 1. Downgrade macOS or Mac OS X with Time Machine.
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    User profile for user: Limnos Limnos. Now, when you hand your computer over, it will be completely free of any private data and ready to go in a first-run, factory fresh configuration.

    I run through this process on every machine, hard drive, or storage device that I sell, give away, or donate. Tech, code, design, and geekery. All Rights Reserved. Hosted by Joyent. Reformatting the Drive Is Not Enough So then, according to Apple: [Even when you reformat a drive] Disk Utility only erases the information used to access the files on the disk, not the actual files. Erasing Disks Securely Although there are a number of methods you can use to truly clean up a hard drive, Mac OS X offers some built-in functionality to do this for you using a straight-forward, although somewhat hidden feature of Disk Utility.

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    Make sure you have a really good backup before you do this. Click the Erase Free Space … button. Click the Erase Free Space button. Wait a long time. This will launch Disk Utility.

    Click the Security Options … button. Click the Erase … button. When prompted, click the Erase button in the dialog box.

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    Wait a long, long time. This will return you to the Installer. Install Mac OS X as you normally would. When the computer reboots, it will play the Welcome to Apple video, and then prompt you to collect registration and account information.

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    Instead of entering any information, press Command-Q to exit the Registration application. Select Shut Down when prompted. Final Thoughts I run through this process on every machine, hard drive, or storage device that I sell, give away, or donate.