Submit Hint Search The Forums LinksStatsPollsHeadlinesRSS
14,000 hints and counting!


Click here to return to the '10.5: Create an updated OS X install on a to-be-sold Mac' hint
The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. This site is not responsible for what they say.
10.5: Create an updated OS X install on a to-be-sold Mac
Authored by: dreemkill on Aug 09, '09 09:28:12AM

thanks! worked great, i just got a call from the guy that bought my computer to tell me i have beautiful kids and a lovely wife. and he just bought a trip to the bahamas on my credit card.





but seriously.






not only is this not complete, its a complete security risk. the only thing this "tip" is doing is bringing you back to the intro movie and account setup. it does not:

rm -rf /Users/useraccount (personal data, including keychains to my bank account)
rm -rf /Library/Preferences (set default application preferences, also could contain personal information)
and finally,
rm /var/db/dslocal/nodes/Default/Users/username.plist to remove the user accounts from the users database.

so unless you want to sell you computer and your bank login, credit card info, porn, and family pictures....i'd recommend doing a little more complete research and work into "tips" like this one.



[ Reply to This | # ]
10.5: Create an updated OS X install on a to-be-sold Mac
Authored by: dreemkill on Aug 09, '09 09:29:57AM

(sorry, i meant that as a warning to people trying that "tip" as a quick way to virginize their computer to sell...)



[ Reply to This | # ]
10.5: Create an updated OS X install on a to-be-sold Mac
Authored by: UberFu on Aug 10, '09 10:05:34AM

The original post did actually mention performing a complete Clean Install and wiping the drive in the process.

to Original Post____
But I have to agree that this is a complete waste of time if one has plans to sell the machine.

An easier way to handle setting up a machine for a sister (or other family memebr/ friend) would simply be to ask them what they'd like their USERID to be. Not hard. And since you're going thru so much trouble to tweak the intial setup - one more thing won't kill you. And since it's a family member and you'll probably be the tech support for them if anything goes wrong then knowing their password won't be an issue either.

Then you can simply skip all the non-sensical steps used to "trick" the system into thinking it's a virgin install that happens to have all the latest updates.

Waste of time.



[ Reply to This | # ]
10.5: Create an updated OS X install on a to-be-sold Mac
Authored by: las_vegas on Aug 09, '09 06:22:39PM

Nothing of any previous accounts still exists after erasing the drive. Of course, bits and pieces may be grokked with a lot of effort scanning the free space. Since I never, ever store critical personal information in an un-encoded format, I've never worried about such things. If you're concerned about data remaining on the Mac from a previous install, Use the feature "Erase Free Space" from Disk Tools before installing OS X in the first step.

Your little step of rm'ing files would have no effect whatsoever in preventing that data from being accessed since it only removes the directory entry and that was done when the drive was erased.



[ Reply to This | # ]
10.5: Create an updated OS X install on a to-be-sold Mac
Authored by: romahony on Aug 09, '09 06:38:44PM

i like the way your porn is more important than your family pictures :D



[ Reply to This | # ]
10.5: Create an updated OS X install on a to-be-sold Mac
Authored by: Anonymous on Aug 13, '09 03:32:28PM
The bombshell is that they are his family pictures...

[ Reply to This | # ]