Resetting a MacBook Pro to factory settings

Say you want to do a complete reset of one’s MacBook Pro as if it was freshly bought from the store. Here is how one can do it.

  1. Cloning the hard drive

Make sure that all the data from the MacBook Pro to be reset has already been copied or transferred onto a new drive. Programs like Carbon Copy Cloner or SuperDuper help facilitate that process smoothly onto an external hard drive.

  1. De-Authorizing iTunes

De-authorizing the computer from iTunes means that the computer will no longer be linked to the iTunes account. Make sure to open iTunes, click Store, then De-Authorize This Computer. It will prompt for the Apple ID and password. Click De-Authorize to complete the process.

  1. Turn off FileVault

FileVault basically encrypts files onto the hard drive, so it would be a better idea to turn it off first before proceeding with the reset. Head to System Preferences, then click on Security and Privacy and FileVault. Make sure that Filevault is turned off for the disc, if it is not, then click on the padlock icon on the bottom left. It will prompt for the password, enter that and then click Unlock. Once there, click on Turn Off FileVault.

  1. Disable iCloud

To remove the link to iCloud, just open System Preferences, then click on iCloud and proceed to tap on Sign Out Now.

  1. Restart in Recovery Mode

Installing a Mac OS like OS X is easy and will necessitate being connected online. Make sure to restart by clicking on Apple, then Restart and hold down both Command and R keys until the Recovery Mode Utilities window appears.

  1. Erasing the drive

Once you have already secured the data you needed, you can proceed by erasing what is on the notebook. Head to Disk Utility and click Continue. Choose the main Startup Volume then click on Unmount. Head to the Erase tab and click Erase to proceed with wiping the hard drive clean. Once completed, you can exit by choosing Disk Utility and clicking on Quit Disk Utility.

  1. Re-Installing OS

One can complete the resetting process by reinstalling the OS, like OS X.

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