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    Oct 05, 2011
    Question Mini Mac reset to factory default

    Can someone please help me?

    I have a Mac Mini with an external hard drive as my back up (time machine) and running OSX 10.6.8 but want to wipe the lot and put the machine and external hard drive back to as it was when I bought them. Can you please assist me in a pretty simple way as I am a dumb **** and need it that way. I have the original install disk plus the upgrade I bought to tiger when it came out.

    Many Thanks in advance to those that help me.


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    May 20, 2008
    2011 13" MBP 2.3ghz, 8gig ram, OS 10.8.5
    Here you go:

    - boot from the original disk (disk #1)
    - at the 1st screen you see...move your mouse to the top of the screen (where the menus normally are)...and launch Disk Utility
    - do a secure erase (1 or 3-pass). This will securely erase the HD (this will take some time)
    - quit Disk Utility
    - do a new install of the OS from the disk.
    - done

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    Member Since
    Oct 05, 2011

    Yeah thanks pigoo3 but do I do the same first to the back up hard drive.

    Thanks ;+))

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