Results 1 to 6 of 6
  1. #1


    Member Since
    Dec 03, 2013
    Location
    Blaine, Wa
    Posts
    4
    Specs:
    Late 2013 retina MBP 13" 2.6, 8GB RAM, 512 GB
    Reformat my MacBook Pro HD
    After setting up and migrating to my new rMBP, I'm ready to prepare my 2009 MBP for trade-in. I have de-authorized it in iTunes, and want to wipe the drive clean now. I apparently don't need to re-install OSX. My problem is that when I go the Disk Utility and try to erase, the links are not active and nothing happens. How can I reformat/wipe the drive?

  2. #2

    bobtomay's Avatar
    Member Since
    Dec 22, 2006
    Location
    Texas, where else?
    Posts
    26,514
    Specs:
    15" MBP '06 2.33 C2D 4GB 10.7; 13" MBA '14 1.8 i7 8GB 10.11; 21" iMac '13 2.9 i5 8GB 10.11; 6S
    Boot the machine from the OS X disk that shipped with the computer.

    Use Disk Utility there.

    Plenty of tutorials for clean installing 10.6 out there with a quick search.
    I cannot be held responsible for the things that come out of my mouth.
    In the Windows world, most everything folks don't understand is called a virus.

  3. #3


    Member Since
    Dec 03, 2013
    Location
    Blaine, Wa
    Posts
    4
    Specs:
    Late 2013 retina MBP 13" 2.6, 8GB RAM, 512 GB
    Quote Originally Posted by bobtomay View Post
    Boot the machine from the OS X disk that shipped with the computer.

    Use Disk Utility there.

    Plenty of tutorials for clean installing 10.6 out there with a quick search.
    Thanks, but my issue isn't with OSX, as I still have the machine up and running on Mountain Lion. My problem is how to wipe the disk clean before turning in the laptop.

  4. #4

    pigoo3's Avatar
    Member Since
    May 20, 2008
    Location
    U.S.
    Posts
    35,719
    Specs:
    2011 13" MBP 2.3ghz, 8gig ram, OS 10.8.5
    Quote Originally Posted by keninblaine View Post
    Thanks, but my issue isn't with OSX, as I still have the machine up and running on Mountain Lion. My problem is how to wipe the disk clean before turning in the laptop.
    What bobtomay advised is exactly what you need to do...and is a very straight-forward procedure.

    Another way (since you have Mountain Lion installed)...is boot into the "recovery partition" by rebooting the computer & pressing command + r (2-key combo...no plus sign). Then launch Disk Utility...and secure erase the main partition

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

  5. #5


    Member Since
    Dec 03, 2013
    Location
    Blaine, Wa
    Posts
    4
    Specs:
    Late 2013 retina MBP 13" 2.6, 8GB RAM, 512 GB
    Thanks guys. It wasn't obvious to me why I had to boot into the "recovery partition" when the OSX was still active. Erasing is now in progress.

  6. #6

    pigoo3's Avatar
    Member Since
    May 20, 2008
    Location
    U.S.
    Posts
    35,719
    Specs:
    2011 13" MBP 2.3ghz, 8gig ram, OS 10.8.5
    Quote Originally Posted by keninblaine View Post
    Thanks guys. It wasn't obvious to me why I had to boot into the "recovery partition" when the OSX was still active. Erasing is now in progress.
    No problems. There's usually more than one way to get something done.

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. How to reformat '06 Macbook Pro - cannot reach desktop
    By albo23 in forum OS X - Operating System
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 10-24-2012, 03:04 PM
  2. Macbook reformat
    By alain23 in forum OS X - Operating System
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 03-05-2012, 09:31 PM
  3. Should i reformat my Macbook Pro?
    By ShadowDK in forum Apple Notebooks
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 09-16-2011, 03:58 AM
  4. Reformat My Macbook Pro Without Losing All My Apps
    By TylerOnAMac in forum Switcher Hangout
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 06-14-2009, 02:25 PM
  5. Reformat my macbook
    By man_u_supporter in forum OS X - Operating System
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 12-03-2008, 01:07 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •