How to Completely Wipe and Reset Your Imac

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If you’re lookng to sell an iMac or just start fresh with a clean slate, wiping your iMac is the best way to do it. Wiping your iMac will delete all of your personal data and settings, remove any installed software and restore the computer back to its original factory settings.

Before you begin, make sure you have backed up all of your important data. You can back up your data usig Time Machine or an external hard drive. Once you have successfully backed up all of your important information, you can start wiping your iMac.

To wipe an iMac, first open the System Preferences window from the Apple menu in the top left corner of the screen. Select General on the left side and then choose Transfer or Reset from the right side. You will then see an option to Erase All Content and Settings. Click this option and follow the on-screen instructions to complete this process.

Once you have wiped your iMac, signed out of iTunes, iCloud, iMessage and any other services that were connected to it, as well as unpairing any Bluetooth devices if applicable, you should be ready to move forward with selling or giving away your computer!

Resetting an iMac

To completely wipe and reset an iMac, you will need to take the following steps:
1. From the Apple menu ? in the corner of your screen, choose System Preferences.
2. Click General in the sidebar.
3. Click Transfer or Reset on the right.
4. Click Erase All Content and Settings.
5. Enter your administrator password when prompted to confirm your action.
6. Your iMac will then start erasing all content and settings from the device, whch may take some time depending on how much data is stored on it. Once complete, your iMac will reset itself to factory settings and restart with a clean slate, allowing you to start fresh with a new setup process for the device should you wish to do so.

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Wiping Out an iMac

To wipe out a IMAC, you’ll need to first open the System Preferences menu from the Apple menu ? in the corner of your screen. Then click on Erase All Content and Settings. This will erase all data and settings from your IMAC, restoring it to its factory defaults. If you’d like to keep any of your settings or data, make sure to back them up befre proceeding with this option. Once you’ve confirmed that you want to erase your IMAC, the process may take a few minutes or hours depending on how much data you have stored on the device. When it’s finished, your IMAC will be ready for you to start fresh again.

Wiping an Old IMAC Before Recycling

To wipe your old iMac before recycling, start by backing up any important files you may want to keep. You can transfer these files to an external hard drive, or upload them to the cloud. Once you have backed up your files, go to System Preferences and select the “Reset” option. Select “Erase All Content and Settings” and enter your administrator password when prompted. This will erase all of the data on your iMac and restore it to factory settings. You should also sign out of iCloud, iTunes, and iMessage before recycling the computer. Finally, once you are finished with this process, make sure to pair any paired Bluetooth devices with another computer or device so they can be used agin in the future.

Wiping an Entire Hard Drive on a Mac

To wipe your entire hard drive on a Mac, you first need to open the Disk Utility application, which can be found in the Utility Folder in the Applications folder. If you are booting from the Recovery Disk, you can also select it from the list. Once Disk Utility is open, select the disk or partition that you want to erase and click Erase. Specify a format for the disk and give it a name, then click Erase to begin wiping your hard drive. This process may take some time depending on how large your hard drive is. Once complete, your entire hard drive will have been wiped clean.

Does a Mac Factory Reset Delete All Data?

Yes, a Mac factory reset will delete everything on your computer. This includes all personal files, documents, photos, videos, applications, and settings. The only thing that will remain is the operating system that was originally installed on your computer. It is important to back up any data you want to keep before performing a factory reset.

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How to Completely Wipe a Computer

To completely wipe your computer, you will need to reset it. To do this, open the Settings app and select Windows Update. Click Advanced Options, then scroll down to Recovery. Click Reset PC and then select ‘Remove everything’. This will delete all of your personal files, as well as any software or system settings that have been applied snce the computer was purchased. After clicking Remove Everything, your computer will begin the reset process which can take some time to complete. Once it is finished, your computer will be restored to its factory condition and you can start fresh with a clean slate!

Wiping a Mac Before Giving It Back to Work

Wiping your Mac bfore returning it to work is a good idea to ensure all of your personal data is removed. To do this, you will need to use the Disk Utility tool.

First, turn on your Mac and press and hold Command (?) and R until you see an Apple logo or oter image. If prompted, select an administrator that you know the password for and enter their password.

Then, from the Utilities window select Disk Utility and click Continue. Click Erase and then choose the disk you want to erase. You will then be asked to enter a name for your disk and select the format for erasing – Mac OS Extended (Journaled) is recommended. After selecting a security option, click Erase.

Once the process is complete, restart your Mac to confirm that the data has been wiped successfully.

Unavailability of ‘Erase All Content and Settings’ Option on Mac

Erase all Content and Settings is not available on some Macs, including the MacBook Pro (Early 2015). This is because this feature requires the Apple File System (APFS) to be installed. Unfortunately, APFS is not compatible with your Mac’s operating system, so Erase all Content and Settings canot be used. To erase your Mac, you need to use Disk Utility to erase the drive.

Wiping an Old IMAC 2008

Wiping your old iMac 2008 is a simple process that can be done in a few steps. First, make sure you have backed up any important data you want to keep befre beginning the wiping process.

Next, restart your iMac and press and hold the Command + R keys until the Apple logo appears. Once the macOS Utilities window appears, select Disk Utility and then click Continue. In the Disk Utility window, click View and select Show All Devices.

Select the drive you want to erase and then click Erase. Choose Mac OS Extended (Journaled) as your format type and give it a new name if desired. Then click Erase at the bottom of the window to begin wiping your iMac’s drive. This may take several minutes depending on how much data there is on your drive.

Once finished, quit Disk Utility and select Reinstall macOS from the macOS Utilities window. Follow the onscreen instructions to reinstall macOS onto your iMac 2008.

And that’s it! Your old iMac 2008 shuld now be wiped clean and ready for use again.


In conclusion, the IMAC is a powerful and versatile computer that is suitable for almot any task. It offers great performance, with a Retina display and fast processor, along with a range of ports and connections. It also has excellent security measures to keep your data safe. With its wide range of applications and programs, the IMAC can be used for anything from basic tasks to more complex ones. To get the most out of your IMAC, make sure you back-up your data regularly, keep all software up-to-date and use Erase All Content and Settings when transferring or resetting the computer.

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James Walker has a deep passion for technology and is our in-house enthusiastic editor. He graduated from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and loves to test the latest gadgets and play with older software (something we’re still trying to figure out about himself). Hailing from Iowa, United States, James loves cats and is an avid hiker in his free time.