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What to Do Before Placing Your Computer for Sale? October 29, 2018

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What to Do Before Placing Your Computer for Sale?, South Riding, Virginia

If you’re in the market for a new or refurbished MacBook®, you may be wondering how to get your old one prepped for resale to make some extra cash. Since the device contains your personal data, you will need to take additional time to prepare the computer for sale. The guide below explains what you should do before selling the machine to avoid any potential problems.

Back Up Your Files

The first step you should take is to back up your files so that you’ll have a copy of the data that was stored on the device. There are a few options to consider, and it all depends on how many files you have stored. You can back up the files with a cloud storage service or opt to use an external hard drive if you have a large amount of personal data on the machine.

Securely Erase Everything

Computers for SaleNext, you should reset your system to its default settings so that the next owner can set up the computer without complications. Erasing the data and all of your personal information will protect you from identity theft. If you have a MacBook, you should hold the “Command” and “R” key to be taken to the macOS® utilities. There, you should select the Disk Utility, and choose your hard drive; then, go to the “Erase” tab where you can delete everything.

Reinstall the System

After the hard drive has been erased and you exit Disk Utility, there should be a window option for reinstalling the system. In newer Mac® computers, you can select the "Reinstall macOS" option. If you have an older Mac device, you need to install the system using the original CD that you purchased with the computer.


When you’re searching for a computer for sale or want to sell or trade your own, turn to Experimac South Riding in Loudoun County, VA. Their experienced team offers certified pre-owned MacBook laptops and computers for sale. You can also receive laptop and iPhone® repairs, as well as computer financing. To learn more about their large selection of products, call (703) 815-4748 or visit them online.