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Transferring Computer Ownership

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mountainmamma Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jul 17, 2013 4:19 AM

Hubby has new MacbookAir. I get his 2yr old Macbook Pro and daughter gets my 5yr old Macbook to replace her failing 5yr old Macbook. All machines have Time Machine backups. I want to reformat the hard drives on the Pro & Macbook before transferring the new owners information to their "new" machines. What is the best way to do that? Both Macbook Pro & Macbook using OS 10.6.8.

  • dwb Level 6 Level 6 (19,675 points)
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    Jul 17, 2013 1:54 PM (in response to mountainmamma)

    Make one last TimeMachine backup of each computer. Start a computer with the Snow Leopard (10.6) system disk (I assume you have the commercial release, the disk with a Snow Leopard on it) and its TimeMachine drive connected. To boot with the SL system disk, turn the computer on and immediately press & hold the 'C' key when you hear the chime. Once you see the Apple logo you can release the key.


    After choosing your language you'll be at the installation screen. In the menubar select Utiltiies, and choose Disk Utility. Select the computer's hard drive and choose 'Erase'. Quit Disk Utility when it finishes erasing (it shouldn't take long) and you'll be back to the SL install window. Do it. This step will take 30-60 minutes. Eventually the installation will be completed and you'll be asked a few questions. Eventually you'll come to the Setup Assistant.


    Read this article about Migration Assistant. SA and MA are basically the same thing, they are different in that you get one chance to migrate your account(s) and software with the SA - after you've installed the new operating system or started your Mac for the first time. You can run MA at any time but there are reasons why you are best off running the SA.

  • dwb Level 6 Level 6 (19,675 points)
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    Jul 18, 2013 6:26 AM (in response to mountainmamma)

    The system installation disks that came with each Mac are specific to that model. (Today we get no installation disks, we download it instead, progress that for me isn't a step forward. Editorial comments off ). You can try booting the newer MBP with the older DVD, it might work but I'm betting not. If it does boot you should be safe to use it. However, that leaves you with the other two computers still to swap. The Snow Leopard is available here for a very reasonable price and will work on all your computers.

  • dwb Level 6 Level 6 (19,675 points)
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    Jul 18, 2013 7:06 AM (in response to mountainmamma)

    Yes...back around 1999-2000 I sold my PowerBook and went looking for the box which had discs etc. Problem was I couldn't remember if I packed it away at home or at my office and to make matters worse, since buying the computer we'd moved into a new home and I'd moved into a new building at work. Found the darn box two years later when I went to sell my wife's PowerBook.


    I can't do anything about the darn boxes, but I now keep all my discs in a disk carrier even if it means throwing away a nify little box. The disc box/envelope means nothing. Those discs are a pain to replace!


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