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Whether you’re looking to sell your Mac, encountering software problems, or just seeking a fresh start, restoring your Mac’s OS X to its factory settings can give your device the clean slate it needs. This comprehensive guide will walk you through the steps to do just that, taking all the guesswork out of the process.
Before proceeding with the restoration process, ensure that you’ve backed up any important data. This process will completely wipe your computer, meaning all your personal files, applications, and data will be erased. You can use Time Machine, Apple’s built-in backup feature, to do this. Also, ensure that your Mac is plugged into a power source before you start.
Q: How do I restore my Mac’s OS X to factory settings?
A: Back up your data, deauthorize your iTunes, turn off FileVault, erase your hard drive, and then reinstall macOS.
Q: Will restoring my Mac to factory settings delete my personal files?
A: Yes, this process will erase all your personal data. Ensure to back up any important files before you start.
Q: Can I perform a factory reset without the installation disk?
A: Yes, you can use the built-in recovery mode to erase your hard drive and reinstall macOS without an installation disk.
Q: Do I need to deauthorize my iTunes before restoring my Mac to factory settings?
A: It’s recommended to deauthorize your iTunes before you reset your Mac. If you don’t, it may count towards your total number of allowed devices and can’t be undone without contacting Apple.