Delete everything on mac is a process that requires you to start the machine in Recovery Mode, remove the hard drive using Disk Utility, and then reinstall macOS. However, if you’re transferring an ancient Mac to family or friends, selling your machine, or just trying to solve an Apple computer that’s wrong, reset everything on r Mac may also be a needed method.
Fortunately, it’s easy to reset evrything on Mac before you sell it on, and if you don’t want to be open to identity theft, it’s very essential that you do so. Remember that removing private data alone is not enough if you are passing on an ancient Mac-you also need to make sure that a working version of macOS is installed after wiping is complete for the next proprietor to use.
Our guide to wiping all your information from a Mac allows you to delete everything on mac with a smooth and functional macOS installation to an unblemished factory state, as if it were fresh out of the box. If you forgot the password, you might want to read instead How to delete everything on mac without the password. (Or read our iPhone or iPad removal or reset manual if you want to wipe one of them).
In short, here’s how to delete everything on mac. More details can be found below and connected from each step.
1.) Make sure you are linked to the internet so that you can download the recent Mac operating system that can run on your computer. This may be Mojave macOS, but an elderly Mac may need an elderly version of Mac OS X (we’re explaining how to get one here).
2.) Save your Mac with Time Machine or clone your internal hard drive to an external drive using a SuperDuper or Carbon Copy Cloner application. This allows you to access all of your old files, and if you want to restore your Mac, the drive can be re-cloned to the internal drive.
3.) Authorize your shop account for iTunes. (You should also deauthorize any third-party applications that are locked into your Mac, such as Photoshop.)
4.) Sign out and deactivate iCloud.
5.) In recovery mode, restart the Mac. Hold down Command and R main while restarting-or use alternate key combination as suitable (here we have a comprehensive tutorial to use Recovery Mode).
6.) To remove the hard drive, use the Disk Utility. Click on the Tool > Continue. Choose the primary volume and then press Unmount). Quit the disk tool (Disk tool > Quit the disk tool).
7.) Click Reinstall and Continue MacOS or Reinstall. Follow the macOS reinstallation directions.
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