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    Question How to delete personal info from newly bought Mac Pro?
    I just purchased a Mac Pro from a friend. How do i delete his information and e-mail account. The computer still shows him as the owner. there is also another I need to delete as well
    Last edited by chscag; 03-22-2014 at 03:06 AM. Reason: Edited title for clarity.

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    Apr 26, 2008
    2013 MBA 13" - OS X 10.11
    Best way forward when you want to re-use a machine from a previous owner is wipe it clean and re-install the OS from scratch. All other techniques are " best effort ".
    The other advantage is that you have a clean machine with only the software/processes you want/need.

    Cheers ... McBie
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    harryb2448's Avatar
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    Nov 28, 2007
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    iMac i5 2.7GHz, 16GB memory, OS 10.11.1.
    G'day and welcome to the forums James.

    What operating system? OS X.6 Snow Leopard ask him for the install disc, pop that in and reboot holding down 'C'. Go to Utilities in the Menu Bar, Disk Utility and erase the drive, back to the Installer and run that. If it is Lion OS X.7 or later you will need your own Apple ID to download a nice new operating system.
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    May 20, 2008
    2011 13" MBP 2.3ghz, 8gig ram, OS 10.8.5
    Whenever I get a "new to me computer" (aka used)...I always like to wipe & reformat the HD...then do a fresh OS install. This gets rid of the former owners info...and I start fresh (possibly eliminating any "junk" or other inefficiencies from the previous owner).

    Basically eliminating any "legacy" issues.

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