Saturday, 29 August 2015

How to Reset the MacBook Pro with Factory Settings

There are times when you decide to sell your MacBook Pro to someone else. Wiping your MacBook pro hard drive and returning the system using factory settings gives you a complete new start.

How to reset the MacBook Pro to the original factory settings

Clone your Mac hard drive and securely wipe the original HD

Remove all of your personal data and set up a fresh installation

The above-mentioned questions are the ones which every user ask prior to selling his/her MacBook Pro. It is always beneficial to sell a Mac machine with personal data removed. Also, a cleaning out MacBook Pro looks healthier for the buyers. Below I have mentioned all the steps to reset your MacBook Hard drive:-

Note: - Before doing any of the steps, make sure your system is connected to the Internet, so that you can easily download the latest Mac OS X.

Step 1: Clone Your MacBook HD

When you reset your MacBook Pro to the factory settings, all data gets erased automatically. So, you should transfer the data to a new and reliable hard drive in order to use it for future. The best way to do this automatically is by the help of cloning software such as Stellar Drive Clone. This tool clones both Macintosh HD and Boot Camp partition to another drive. However, the windows partition will be cloned as EXFAT.

Step 2: Deauthorizing iTunes

You should also de-authorize your MacBook Pro from iTunes. To do this, open iTunes and click Store > Deauthorize.

Step 3: Turn off FileVault

FileVault encrypts the files from your HD and it is always better to turn it off before going further. To do this, open the System Preferences and click on the Security & Privacy and FileVault. Check and see whether the FileVault is already Turn off or not. If not, then click on the padlock icon situated in the bottom left. Now, enter our password and click on the Unlock. This way, you can easily turn off your FileVault.

Step 4: Disable iCloud

To disable the iCloud, open System preferences and thereafter click on the iCloud and sign out. To remove all your personal data, click on Delete from Mac.

Step 5: Restart MacBook in Safe Mode

Before performing the step 5, make sure you are connected to the Internet. This is because; you need an internet connection to install Mac OS X. Now, restart your Mac by clicking on the Apple>Restart and hold down the Command and R keys.

Step 6: Select reinstall Mac OS X

Now, click on the reinstall Mac OS X button and continue. This will automatically download and install a black copy of latest Mac OS X on your MacBook Pro.