Many Mac Pc users find it hard to reset it. However this article will help you get the knowledge of how to successfully reset your Mac Pc from your home without visiting any software engineer’s office.
Whether you’re selling it, trashing it, or reusing it, your old computer has a bunch of extremely private data stored inside. And there’s a good chance that tossing files in the recycling bin and hitting factory reset won’t protect you.
If a hacker finds the pattern your computer used to move those 0’s and 1’s around, they can reverse engineer the original state of your computer and pull out the goods. Yikes.
To stay safe, you need to properly factory reset your computer before it ever changes hands. Follow the steps below, or consider taking things a step further by hiring a professional company to ensure your data has been destroyed.
Factory resets are simple because they’re programs included on the computer when you first get your hands on it. It’s useful to reset errors with an operating system or helping restore the computer’s functionality or speed.
There are limitations, though. Factory resets leave data in the hard drive, so those pieces will live on until your hard drive is overwritten with new data. In short, the reset can give you a false sense of security. A complete erasure would actually look more like degaussing (destroying the magnetic field around a hard drive to destroy its data), or actually smashing up the hard drive to bits.
Context is still key. If you only ever really played games or finished school work on your computer, there’s probably little risk in using a factory reset as your primary form of data wiping.
But if you own a company and complete that work on a computer, you may have employees’ social security numbers on the hard drive, for example. That means you should probably consider hiring an expert to finish the data wiping—especially because the government has certain standards for data sanitation, depending on the field you work in.
Step 1> Make sure you’ve backed up all of your important data in a cloud service.
Step 2> Log out of all services that you use.
Step 3> Make sure your computer is plugged in for the duration of the reset.
Step 4> Restart in Recovery Mode: Click and choose Restart. When the computer shuts off and powers back on, hold Command + R until you see the Apple logo.
Step 5> You won’t see your usual login page, anymore, but instead will see a “macOS Utilities” window.
Now Choose disk utility > continue.
Choose the correct startup disc and select erase.
Choose MacOS Extended (Journaled) as the format.
Wait until the process finishes, then go to the Disk Utility menu > quit.