3 Replies Latest reply: Aug 15, 2012 5:28 PM by Kappy
Fantine Level 1 (0 points)

I recently purchased a Macbook Pro and moved everything to it from my old Macbook.  Both macs have Mountain Lion on them.  I would like to give the old Macbook to my dad, but I can't figure out how to prepare the old mac for him without "install discs."  I never got any discs with either mac, and I just downloaded Mountain Lion from the app store.  Can someone point me to some directions as to how to do this without install discs or a superdrive on the new Macbook Pro?  Thanks.

MacBook Pro with Retina display, OS X Mountain Lion
  • Kappy Level 10 (266,046 points)

    If you don't wish to clean the old machine, then you can create a new admin user account for your dad to use. Log into that account and delete your old account. If you wish to start clean:


    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.) 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.

  • Fantine Level 1 (0 points)

    Great, thanks so much!

  • Kappy Level 10 (266,046 points)

    Glad I could help.