2 Replies Latest reply: Jul 9, 2012 2:24 PM by wjosten
artishard Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I've read many different version of what I want to do and would just like some clarity! I apologise that this no doubt have been brought up many times before, i'm relatively new to Macs and just don't want to do something completely stupid! Anyhoo, forgive me.


As the title states, I wish to prepare my Macbook for sale as i'm looking to upgrade.

I want to erase all of my data on the drive and then reinstall Lion.


In recovery I see this:


750.16 GB
>Macintosh HD
SuperDrive (greyed out)



>Mac OS X Base System


I'm presuming I select Macintosh HD and securely wipe the data? Or do I select the top drive? 


Am I right in thinking Mac OS X Base System is my recovery partion? 


If I wipe the drive will I get the option to restore the OS when it's complete?


I have the late 2011 Macbook pro which came with Lion.


Thanks a lot.


  • 1. Re: Preparing Macbook for sale.
    Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (226,815 points)

    Install or Reinstall Lion from Scratch


    If possible backup your files to an external drive or second internal drive.


    Boot to the Recovery HD:


    Restart the computer and after the chime press and hold down the COMMAND and R keys until the menu screen appears. Alternatively, restart the computer and after the chime press and hold down the OPTION key until the boot manager screen appears. Select the Recovery HD and click on the downward pointing arrow button.


    Erase the hard drive:



    1. Select Disk Utility from the main menu and click on the Continue button.
    2. After DU loads select your startup volume (usually Macintosh HD) from the left side list. Click on the Erase tab in the DU main window.
    3. Set the format type to Mac OS Extended (Journaled.) Click on the Erase button and wait until the process has completed.
    4. Quit DU and return to the main menu.


    Reinstall Lion: Select Reinstall Lion and click on the Install button.


    Note: You will need an active Internet connection. I suggest using Ethernet if possible because it is three times faster than wireless.


    When the installation is completed do not restart the computer. Shut it off. This way the next owner will be greeted by the Setup Assistant as if the computer was new.

  • 2. Re: Preparing Macbook for sale.
    wjosten Level 10 Level 10 (93,285 points)

    Reboot while holding down Command + R, use Disk Utility to erase your drive, then reinstall Lion. At the select language screen, shut the computer down & deliver to the new owner.


    You can give a copy of this to the new owner on how to reinstall iLife: