4 Replies Latest reply: Dec 26, 2008 7:08 AM by joem1481
joem1481 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I just got a new mac book pro for christmas which is really cool. I have my old mac book which is also running leopard. I want to put it back to the way it was when you first buy a lap top so I can sell it or give it to someone without all my things on it. How do I do that?

imac intell based 1.83, Mac OS X (10.5.4)
  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (249,815 points)
    Prepare Your Mac for Sale

    Boot from the OS X Installer Disc One that came with the computer. After the installer loads select your language and click on the Continue button. When the menu bar appears select Disk Utility from the Utilities (Installer menu if using Panther or Jaguar) menu. After DU loads select the startup volume from the left side list then click on the Erase tab. Set the format type to Mac OS Extended (Journaled) then click on the Options button. Select the one pass Zero Data option and click on the OK button. Then click on the Erase button.

    Note: You can skip the Zero Data option if you are not concerned about removing sensitive personal data from the hard drive. If you choose to skip this part of the process then it is possible for others to recover data from the hard drive. The Zero Data procedure will prevent others from getting access to your personal information.

    This process will take 30 minutes to several hours depending upon the size of the hard drive. After formatting has completed quit DU and return to the installer. Now complete the OS X installation. At the completion of the installation do not restart the computer. Instead just shut it off. The next user will be presented with the Setup Assistant when they turn on the computer just as it would if new out of the box.
  • joem1481 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I am not sure if I have that disc anymore. If I do not can I use the disc that came with my new mac book pro?
  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (249,815 points)
    No. Aside from violating the license agreement the build used on your new laptop is not compatible with your old model. You will need either the original discs that came with the computer - which you are obliged to provide to the next owner - or a retail copy of Leopard.

    You will need the original discs eventually because all the pre-bundled software, the Apple Hardware Test, and Boot Camp drivers are included on them. If you no longer have them you can purchase replacements from AppleCare.
  • joem1481 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    ok great thank you.