1 Reply Latest reply: Mar 1, 2014 9:39 AM by Kappy
jonowheeler11 Level 1 (0 points)

i have a late 2013 macbook pro and i would just like to know if i could erase all the data off it so its just like it was when i first baught it? and if so is it safe and how is it possible

MacBook Pro with Retina display, OS X Mavericks (10.9.2)
  • Kappy Level 10 (263,335 points)

    Install Mavericks, Lion/Mountain Lion Using Internet Recovery


    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 Internet Recovery HD:


    Restart the computer and after the chime press and hold down the COMMAND-OPTION- R keys until a globe appears on the screen. Wait patiently - 15-20 minutes - until the Recovery main menu appears.


    Partition and Format the hard drive:


    1. Select Disk Utility from the main menu and click on the Continue button.


    2. After DU loads select your newly installed hard drive (this is the entry with the mfgr.'s ID and size) from the left side list. Click on the Partition tab in the DU main window.


    3. Under the Volume Scheme heading set the number of partitions from the drop down menu to one. Click on the Options button, set the partition scheme to GUID then click on the OK button. Set the format type to Mac OS Extended (Journaled.) Click on the Partition button and wait until the process has completed. Quit DU and return to the main menu.


    Reinstall Lion/Mountain Lion. Mavericks: Select Reinstall Lion/Mountain Lion, Mavericks and click on the Install button. Be sure to select the correct drive to use if you have more than one.


    Note: You will need an active Internet connection. I suggest using Ethernet

                if possible because it is three times faster than wireless.


    This should restore the version of OS X originally pre-installed on the computer.


    If you truly wish to securely erase the drive, then after Step 3 in the above do this:


         4. Do not quit Disk Utility. Select the volume you've created. Set the Format Type to

             Mac OS Extended, Journaled. Click on the Security button. Set the Zero Data

             slider to one pass and click on the OK button. Click on the Erase button. Wait for

             the process to complete which can take a considerable amount of time, so be