2 Replies Latest reply: Feb 4, 2013 10:34 AM by Kappy
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How do I secure/erase and set to factory settings 15" Macbook Pro 2012 retina) for resale?


MacBook Pro with Retina display, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • 1. Re: How do I secure erase macbook pro 2012 retina for resale
    OGELTHORPE Level 7 Level 7 (25,790 points)

    Boot into your RECOVERY HDD and select Disk Utility>Erase and then reinstall your OS.

     

    Ciao.

  • 2. Re: How do I secure erase macbook pro 2012 retina for resale
    Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (226,795 points)

    Install or Reinstall Lion/Mountain Lion from Scratch

     

    Be sure you backup your files to an external drive or second internal drive because the following procedure will remove everything from the hard 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.) Optionally, click on

            the Security button and set the Zero Data option to one-pass. 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/Mountain 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.

     

    Be sure you disable or turn off iCloud. Deauthorize the computer in iTunes. Remove any Firmware Passwords you may have configured. Turn off FileVault if enabled.

     

    What to do with iCloud before selling your computer