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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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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.
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.
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.