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Buying and selling used Mac

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gritzildino Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Aug 11, 2013 10:31 AM

Ijust bought and am now selling and iMac10,1. It does not have the original OS disks. It isrunning the lastest software. I am selling it on ebay and want to make sure I have all my data deleted.

 

When I bought it there was a user account on it, but it seemed the HD was completely erased... I couldn't get that account to be deleted so I just created a new account... (I have both accounts password by the way). What should I do before sending it to the buyer?

iMac, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.4)
  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,490 points)
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    Aug 11, 2013 10:36 AM (in response to gritzildino)

    iMac10,1 is the Late 2009 iMac, so it came with DVDs. I strongly recommend you to erase the drive and reinstall the OS X version that came with it (Mac OS X 10.6.1 or 10.6.2), so the new owner can use it legally. Call Apple to get replacement DVDs > http://support.apple.com/kb/HE57

     

    After that, insert the Mac OS X Install DVD and hold the C key while your Mac is starting. Choose your language, go to Utilities menu (on the menu bar) > Disk Utility, and erase the drive > http://pondini.org/OSX/DU1.html

     

    Finally, close Disk Utility and reinstall OS X. When the reinstallation finishes, hold the mouse while your Mac is starting to eject the disc and turn it off. Tell the new owner to use the Applications disc to install iLife applications after setting up the Mac

  • Paul_31 Level 6 Level 6 (12,220 points)
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    Aug 11, 2013 10:43 AM (in response to gritzildino)

    The Mac should be sold on with the original OS re-installed. If you've upgraded to the latest OS that is assigned to your AppleID, not the Mac, and is not transferable.

    What OS was installed on it when new? Lion or later and there are no disks - erase and re-install of the OS are done via the Recovery HD:

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4718

    If it had an earlier OS (Snow Leopard perhaps) you need to find/replace those disks (Apple will sell a replacement set for a modest charge). Boot from the disk, erase and re-install the OS. The disks should then be passed on with the Mac to the new owner.

    Obviously, ensure you have copied off any data you want to keep before doing the erase/install .

  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,490 points)
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    Aug 11, 2013 10:44 AM (in response to Paul_31)

    Paul, if the OP has got a Late 2009 iMac, it came with Snow Leopard. Just to make this clear to the OP ;-)

  • Paul_31 Level 6 Level 6 (12,220 points)
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    Aug 11, 2013 10:46 AM (in response to mende1)

    Thought so, that's why I included it in my post .

  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,490 points)
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    Aug 11, 2013 11:00 AM (in response to gritzildino)

    Don't sell it with OS X Mountain Lion or you will have problems.

     

    OS X Mountain Lion is registered to your Apple ID or the Apple ID of its old owner. If you give the iMac with OS X Mountain Lion to the new owner, he/she won't be able to reinstall OS X unless you give him/her your Apple ID email and password, so it's not valid. You have to reinstall Snow Leopard.

     

    You can get the replacement DVDs by calling Apple > http://support.apple.com/kb/HE57 Don't buy an used Mac with OS X Mountain Lion or Lion unless the owner has deauthorized it

  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,490 points)
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    Aug 12, 2013 9:42 AM (in response to gritzildino)

    You won't be able to reinstall Mountain Lion if something goes wrong. That's the problem, and it's serious. There are a lot of users who came here desperated telling us that their Macs were useless because of that reason. This can only be voided if you bought Mountain Lion with your Apple ID

     

    Of course, for a common use, you won't have any problem, but you will if the hard drive gets damaged

  • Paul_31 Level 6 Level 6 (12,220 points)
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    Aug 12, 2013 9:46 AM (in response to gritzildino)

    The purchaser of the used Mac is the one who will potentially end up with the problem if the Mac has the wrong OS installed. If anything goes wrong and a re-install is required they'll be stuffed. As has already been mentioned, the Mac should be passed on with the original OS installed and the new owner will need to purchase Mountain Lion if that is the OS they want.

  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,490 points)
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    Aug 12, 2013 10:12 AM (in response to gritzildino)

    Correct, but you won't be able to reinstall OS X if you haven't purchased OS X Mountain Lion

  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,490 points)
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    Aug 12, 2013 10:27 AM (in response to gritzildino)

    Much better. You can be sure they will work

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