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Get Mac ready to sell

81+D8ojrymL._SL1500_Get your Apple Macbook laptop ready to sell by backing up all your files then erasing al your data before delivering to the new owner.
It’s important to wipe your hard drive before you sell your computer. This will help prevent someone from getting your passwords and personal information.
First and most important is to back up your computer. If you are using time machine that seems to work for most people but I wanted another copy of all the files on a portable drive that will be around forever. The time machine back up may eventually be deleted to make room for other backups.
For Mac’s I prefer the Western Digital external hard drives that are formatted for Macs at the factory. This way you can just drag and drop you files.
I used the big external drive WD My Book Studio USB 3.0 4TB Desktop Storage for Mac with Metal Enclosure
but the little portable drives are very handy.
I wanted to share a couple sites that helped me with getting my Macbook ready to sell.

PRepare your Mac for sale at The safe Mac
How to clean install your new Yosemite operating system – at OSXdaily site
How to erase and clean install Mountain Lion – Apple Support link

I followed the process of backing up all my data to the Western Digital hard drive.
Then I followed the instructions for erasing and reinstalling my operating system.
Then I sold the Macbook Pro laptop on Craigs list and I have another one for sale on eBay.
Just be sure you get all your data, pictures files favorites etc.
After you back up everything you can transfer everything to the new computer before you erase everything. I suggest doing this also that way you have all the data on the new computer plus you have a backup just in case.
If you have any questions just leave a comment below. Good luck happy computing

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