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How To Clean Your Mac To Factory Settings

Something that you may need to do from time to time is to completely clean off a mac. This may happen if you’re trying to resell it or pass it along to somebody else. You want to get all your stuff off there and give them a Mac that’s just like new. So the first thing you want to do when doing that is make sure you are signed out of everything. For instance, look in Messages, look in FaceTime, look in iTunes, look in the App Store. Look everywhere you can think of and sign out and delete accounts.

Go into system preferences, make sure you’ve turned off all your icloud services and you’ve removed your iCloud account. You can see I’ve done that here. Nothing there. Under internet accounts make sure you’ve removed all your internet accounts. You can be signed in for things like Twitter, Facebook, etc.

Make sure they’re all gone. Go into Mail and make sure they’re all gone. Clean everything off. If you’re using Cloud services like for Microsoft or Adobe make sure you are logged out of that. All those applications. Make sure everything’s good and you won’t have anything hanging around on this machine.

For instance, you don’t want to have the imessage system still thinking this machine is something that should be sending messages. You want to make sure you are signed out of everything. The only thing that you want to keep around is WiFi. You don’t want sign out of WiFi because to use the internet recovery function, which is how we are going to clean the Mac off, we are going to have to use the WiFi so we.

Can contact apple and not only load in utilities that will help us clean off this mac but then reinstall the system clean and fresh. So what we want to do now is enter internet recovery mode which will instead of loading the operating system from your drive will actually load the operating system or a simplified version of it from the internet, from Apple so it will allow us then to clean off the drive and reinstall the system.

To do that we are going to restart and when we restart as soon as we hit this button i’m going to hold down the keys Option, Command, and R. That will put us in the internet recovery mode. I’m holding down those keys here and in a second you will see it show that we’re doing internet recovery mode. That’s what we’re doing now.

It’s going to take awhile for it to load the operating system remotely so it’s a good time to get a cup of coffee, have a meal and come back when it’s ready. So once it’s done, and it took me about twenty minutes with a pretty fast internet connection for it to load this version of the operating system and present me with this screen. Once it’s done the next step that you want to do is you want to choose from Utilities here Disk Utility.

So i’m going to choose disk utility and continue. This will allow me to erase the drive. So I can see here, here’s my Macintosh hard drive. This other thing here, this OS 10 base system, that’s what it just downloaded. Basically downloaded a temporary version of the operating system for me to be able to do this while I’m not using the hard drive.

Restore a Mac Hard Drive from a Time Machine Backup

Hey everybody, this is jake with geek out tech. Today, I’m going to show you how to fully restore your Mac from a Time Machine Backup. Most likely, if you’re needing to do this. you’ve had a hard drive failure or you’re upgrading your current hard drive. And if you’re upgrading to an SSD, then I’m jealous.

One thing to note here this is only for restoring the computer that was the source of the Time Machine Backup. If you’re transfering information from one computer to a different computer then you’re going to need to use Migration Assistant. So here we go.

You’ll need to have your mac turned off. Then plug in your bootable Mountain Lion USB drive And for directions on how to create a bootable Mountain Lion USB drive click this annotation. Hold down the option key and keep it held down. Then turn the Mac on.

You should see your boot options come up and select the USB boot drive and click the arrow below it. First thing you want to do is erase and partition your hard drive. To do this, click Disk Utility and Continue. Highlight the appropriate hard drive and click partition.

Set the partition layout to one partition. Select the format Mac OS X Extended Journaled. click Options and make sure the GUID Partition Table is selected. You don’t need to name the drive because it’s going to get renamed during the restore process back to what it was before.

apply and partition. Alright, that’s done and it’s time to Restore now. Go ahead and close out of Disk Utility. Now select Restore From Time Machine Backup and click Continue. Read this and make sure you’re doing the right thing.

continue. Now you can connect your Time Machine Backup Drive. and there’s mine. Select your backup drive and click Continue. Here you can restore from different backups on your drive. I’m going to restore from my most recent backup.

Select the appropriate backup and click continue. Select the correct drive and click Restore. You get a warning here that it will erase everything one that drive. Continue. and away it goes!.

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