4 Replies Latest reply: Nov 13, 2008 7:23 PM by Carolyn Samit
Lotte, DK Level 1 Level 1
I have got a new Mac and is selling my white iMac 24" – but how do I "reboot" it, sp that it appereas fresh and clean without ANY of my old files and preferences left? I am running Tiger 10.4.11
(and it wont accept the Install DVD...)
Please answer fast

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5)
  • maverickws Level 1 Level 1
    why wont it accept your intall dvd?
  • Limnos Level 9 Level 9
    You need to insert your DVD and then restart the computer while holding down the C key to get it to boot from the DVD. You can then use Disk Utility to erase the drive and reinstall Tiger. There's an erase nad install option. When erasing you might want to select the write zeros option for extra security, but it will slow down the erase.

    I am assuming it came with these Tiger discs. Make sure the new owner gets the disks as they will only really work on that computer. It's also a legal requirement if you are selling the computer with an operating system installed. If it came with another operating system then you might want to install that instead if you want to keep the Tiger disks, but the new owner should realize it is coming with an older OS.
  • sig Level 8 Level 8
    To continue what Limnos advises when the iMac reboots after the Erase & Install it will run the Welcome to Macintosh and Mac Setup Assistant. Quit the setup. The next time the iMac is booted (by the new owner) Mac Setup Assistant will run again and the new owner can set it up from scratch.
  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 Level 10

    Since you are selling the iMac, go here for information for a Secure Erase:

    Also, if you purchased music using iTunes on the iMac, launch iTunes. From the Menu Bar, click Store/Deauthorize Computer.