IMac :: Wipe Hard Drive And Restore Factory Settings?
Nov 17, 2010
i just got a new imac and thought i'd firewire from my old one, but doing this is set up after the intro video only let me register in my ex's name (who the older mac is registered to) - i obviously dont want this! how do i reset my imac so that i can register it without his name as the owner of the imac?!
I recently sold my older MBP and already backed up the system via Time Machine. However, I need to wipe clean the hard drive for the new user. Is there a clear cut way to restore the system? I do not have the boot drive with me as I am traveling but would like to know if there is a way without using the disk.
I've purchased my Mac book from a friend. It still has his name and password on which he cannot remember. Am i correct in assuming that if I restore it to the origianl factory settings then it will erase his settings. Also will i need anything erlse with the start up like serial numbers, auth codes etc?
Running Leopard 10.5.7. Failing attempts to upgrade to SN. Other forums are saying "Use System Restore Disks" I don't have "System Restore Disks" I have 2 disks that came with the computer called "Mac OS X" not called "System Restore". Do I just pop Disk 1 of 2 in the CD/DVD and hold down C whilst rebooting?
I have a PowerBook G4 that is about 3 1/2 years old - my first Mac ever, I got it for college. However, now that it has been so many years I feel like I want to restore it to factory settings, essentially I want to make it like I just opened it up from the box. It still runs fine, maybe a little slow. But mostly I think she's just bogged down from years of classes, music, applications, etc. The problem? Like an idiot, I don't have my start-up disk anymore. I thought maybe I should purchase the upgrade to Leopard for after I wipe it, but I'm not sure how to even do that. Also, $130 is kind of pricey but if I have to purchase a new Tiger start-up disk (if that's even possible) the cost difference might be worth it.
So I guess what I'm asking for is advice about what is the best course to take. Getting a new Tiger disk seems like it might be hard, but I don't know if my PowerBook is new enough to support Leopard. Would it be worth it to find a professional (mind you I live in a small Michigan town that doesn't even have a Best Buy, and the nearest Apple store is in Lansing)? I apologize if I sound so much like a novice that it makes your head explode.
Im trying to restore my MBP to factory settings but when I restart the language setting wont appear, and when i hold option the install disk shows up but i click the install disk and still nothing, it boots normally how can i fix this?
I am looking to restore the factory settings on my imac (late 2009) and also my macbook air. Is somebody able to give me a step by step guide, or point me to a link, that would give me the detailed info ? I want to make sure that all my passwords, details, files, etc are all deleted from the machines and then restored to factory settings?
I just bought a used MacBook. I have a IMac desktop. I have all the disk that came with that. I want to completely restore the MacBook to factory settings. I have done a format many times on a PC but never a Mac.
I'd like to restore a Mac to its original settings as if it was store-bought where the person who buys it gets to enter their own info (name, address, etc), gets greeted with the welcome video, etc.? I tried Mroogle, but only suggestions I found was to drag stuff to Trash, which doesn't sound like what I'm trying to accomplish.
I want to restore my mac mini (mid 2011) to its factory settings. I've tried following the guidelines using the cmd+r approach. Didn't work. Then I tried the cmd+alt+r way, which didn't work either. I cannot get the Internet Recovery to work either. I'm using a bluetooth keyboard, which I think could be part of the problem (?). Another thing: when I try to erase my disk (via Applications-Utilities-Disk Utilities) I can't do so (my display settings have somehow become messed up; that's the reason in the first place to restore my mac mini. I'm further connected to a wireless network.
I am trying to restore my MacBook Pro to its Factory Settings.All data was erased and tried to reinstall the Lion. When my apple ID and password were entered.The following message came out: "This Apple ID has not yet been used in iTune Store" I was not allowed to reinstall the Lion. Yes I did not buy anything in the iTune Store.how can I reinstall the Lion.
I have recently purchased a refurbished macbook (2010). I don't have any software but I need to restore my macbook back to factory settings. I watched a couple videos on how to but there are steps they do that I can't . Like when you shut off your macbook and turn it back on holding the "options" button well I don't have that choice of "recovery hd" There is only 1 icon on my screen when pushing the options button and the only choice I have is the"macintosh hd".There aren't two choices like all the videos show ,the videos show "macintosh hd" and "recovery hd".
When using the Disk Utility free space wipe to wipe sensitive data (using the 7 times option), I thought that would be sufficient.
I was wondering though, does the free space wipe option also wipe the slack files on the hard drive? Is this even an issue for a Mac? (I know on Windows the slack file needs to be wiped for a completely secure erase, right?)
Early 2011 15" MBP with Lion (purchased new July 22, 2012). I had a two year old MBP running Snow Leopard then upgraded to Lion. The computer got flooded. I took out the hard drive and put it in a portable hard drive case and used it to restore my new MBP running Lion. It seemed to go very smooth and very easy. I am not a very knowledgable computer person, I use the computer for Photoshop, iTunes and email and just barely know not to turn it off with the on/off button! I keep noticing that I have two of many things in the computer, like library, multiple systems and multiple hard drives. I also get conflicting amounts of free hard drive space. I feel that I mistakenly copied too much stuff. I have backed up my files onto a fire wire hard drive. I want to "push a button" and have the computer go back to the way it was the day I bought it. This time, I will take the time and move the files and programs manually (there are not that many). I am affraid a typical restore from Time Machine will only bring back the problems I am trying to get away from.
I had to interrupt the migration assistant and it seems that some of my applications and documents are incomplete (files missing/broken) I have heard the best way to solve this problem is to restore the macs factory settings, then start the migration assistant over again. What is the best way to do this?