I Want To Sell My Mac How To Delete Data?

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    I am selling my Mac this week but it has tons of data.
    Can anyone tell me how to delete them permanently?
     
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    This would be a good time to reformat the HDD and reinstall the operating system, much safer then trying to cherry-pic what you think should be deleted.
     
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    I don't have installation disc for macOS. How would i to do that?
     
    #3 SHeldon234, Jun 20, 2017
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    What version on OS X are you running? If it is modern version then you might have Recovery partition you could remote from, or us the Mac so old it doesn't doesn't have a backup at least?
     
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    If your Mac is 2010 model or newer, then you would have the capability to reinstall over internet connection (Internet Recovery), or you will probably have a recovery partition already on your system. Any Mac running OS X 10.7 or newer will likely let you do that.
     
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    Try starting your computer while pressing "Shift-Option-Command-R" and see where it gets you.
     
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    it is a late 2013 rMBP with OSX 10.9.5
     
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    I can do that in 3 steps:
    Boot to your recovery system (restart, while holding Command-R)
    Run Disk Utility (it will be either on the menu screen, or will be in the Utilities menu), and erase the drive.
    Quit Disk Utility, which will return you to the menu screen.
    And, finally, reinstall OS X. Choose your erased drive for the destination.
    When the reinstall is complete, you will boot to the new user setup. You can choose then to shut down your MBPro.
    The new owner can finish that setup.

    Sorry, that was more than 3 steps :D - but here's the short list.
    Erase the internal drive from the recovery system
    Reinstall OS X, again from the recovery system. Shut down at the new user setup screen.

    (You will need to be attached to an internet connection to reinstall OS X using the Recovery system.)
     
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    You can order Snow Leopard from Apple and have them ship you the CD's. You will pay $19.99 for that disc, older versions are not available from Apple and would have to be ordered from eBay or something similar to that and are going to cost much more as people are going to ask for more for those because of the "rarity" of them. I would suggest you call Apple and get the Snow Leopard CD's from them, or try some other professional data wiper software to erase data on mac.
     
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    This is a short thread. Please do try to read the rest of the responses before you offer random answers.
    OP has a 2013 MBPro, (see post #7) which would never be able to run Snow Leopard.
    Those users who have less experience may not realize that Apple has not provided physical installer media with new Macs, since some time in 2011 (?)
    OP will find it easy to reinstall by booting to the recovery system, either locally on the boot drive, or through internet recovery.

    I apologize if this came off sounding snarky, not my intent! Anyway, welcome to macosx.com... I really do appreciate your presence here, as this site needs other experienced users.
     

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