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    Restore retina MBP to Factory Default
    Hello all

    Bought the latest Retina MBP. Very nice machine, but pretty useless for my own needs. I need an onboard Firewire port (Thunderbolt adapter brings its own problems with DV capture into FCP) and an optical drive would be handy, too. Prefer a built-in, rather than an add-on)

    Had it around 6 weeks,now, and have decided to 'downgrade' to a non retina model, which has everything I need on the machine.

    My question is: How can I get the retina MBP back to its factory state (so the new owner will get the welcome screen - and none of my junk/info?) I've done this with previous Macbooks I've sold, but they always had OS discs, to help me achieve this.

    Thanks in advance, CB

    Can I edit the title of this thread to something more appropriate? EG Resetting MBP retina to factory settings? Thanks.
    Last edited by cowbrain; 07-14-2014 at 10:58 AM. Reason: edited in an attempt to improve clarity.
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    Here's one method if you are comfortable with Terminal. Make Mavericks Re-run the Setup Assistant | Station in the Metro

    I'm sure I've seen others but can't find the really good one.
    Sylvester Roque Former Contributing Editor About This Particular Macintosh

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slydude View Post
    Here's one method if you are comfortable with Terminal. Make Mavericks Re-run the Setup Assistant | Station in the Metro

    I'm sure I've seen others but can't find the really good one.
    Many thanks, Slydude. I like the look of that.

    I'm not uber-familiar with terminal, but have used it before (under instruction!)
    I'll give it a while, to see if any totally simple solutions come through, and then give it a go, if not.

    Thanks again for the advice - and for changing the title, as I requested.

    Best wishes, CB
    MBP 2.9GHz i7, 16GB DDR(Crucial), 512GB SSD (Crucial M550) OSX 10.9.5
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    I think this might accomplish the same thing.10.9: Update OS without creating a user on a new Mac - Mac OS X Hints I haven't had a chance to fully examine it to see if it is simpler than the previous hint.
    Sylvester Roque Former Contributing Editor About This Particular Macintosh

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    Hello Slydude.

    I'd like to conclude this thread with a final thank you.
    In the end, I sold it, having manually removed the little I'd put on.
    I liked the terminal method - but was a bit nervous - it would have been my first venture that deep into terminal world.
    I also called Apple support and they guided me to this method:

    OS X: How to erase and install

    Looks effective? Might prove useful, if anyone else wants to set their retina back to zero.
    But too late for me
    New owner is happy, I'm happy, everybody wins.

    Thanks again. Your help was much appreciated.


    Best. CB
    Last edited by cowbrain; 08-02-2014 at 07:57 PM.
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