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  1. #1

    Member Since
    Apr 08, 2011
    Preparing MacBook Pro to gift
    Hey All,

    I need some help getting my Mid 2012 MacBook Pro ready to gift to my grandaughter. My main questions are:

    1. I will be present when I give her the computer so what do we do to change it from "my" computer to make it "her" computer, computer name, password, etc.

    2. iTunes music folder - exactly what should I delete/not delete in here.

    Any additional input would be greatly appreciated.


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    RavingMac's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 07, 2008
    In Denial
    16Gb Mac Mini 2012, 13" MBA, 15" MacBook Pro OSX 10.7, 32 GB iPhone 3GS, iPad2 64gb 3G
    Personally, I would reformat the HD and do a clean install so she gets a 'fresh' machine. But, all you really need to do is setup an account for her then remove yours. You will have the option, when you delete your account to delete or leave files.
    Your choice on how to proceed from there.
    I've always wanted to be smart, handsome and modest. But, I guess I'll have to be satisfied with two out of three . . .

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    Member Since
    Nov 01, 2007
    Swansea - South Wales
    late 2012 IMac 27", early 2015 MBPr, early 2014 MBA, mid 2010 MB (10.13.4), iPhone 6 (iOS 11).
    The erase and clean re-install of the original OS will give your grand daughter that brand new mac experience that you had when you first got it. It's what I did when I gifted my old iMac to my sister and it was appreciated by her.

    Johann Gambolputty de Von Ausfern....of Ülm

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    Member Since
    Jan 23, 2008
    Keller, Texas
    2017 27" iMac, 10.5" iPad Pro, iPhone 6s+, iPhone 7+, Numerous iPods, High Sierra
    I recently gave my 21.5" 2011 iMac to my grand daughters for university work. What I did was erase the hard drive from the recovery partition and reinstalled Mavericks fresh. I left the account and password open for them to setup and use.

    The hardest part was packing it and shipping it UPS from Fort Worth to their home in Georgia. I made sure it was insured for damage but it arrived just fine and the girls are currently using it.

  5. #5

    Member Since
    Apr 08, 2011
    Thanks to everyone who has replied. I have no clue how to do the clean and re install so I'll find an Apple repair store in my city to do it. Again, much thanks.

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