How To Wipe Your Macbook Air 2013

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If you’re looking to wipe your Macbook Air 2013 and start fresh, you’ve come to the right place. This guide will walk you through the steps of completely erasing your device and restoring it to factory settings.

To begin, open up your System Preferences from the Apple menu in the corner of your screen. Click General in the sidebar, then select Transfer or Reset on the right-hand side. From here, choose to Erase All Content and Settings. This will completely reset your Macbook Air back to its factory settings.

If you want to double-check that everything is erased before proceeding, restart your MacBook Air and press and hold down four keys together: Option, Command, P, and R. Release these keys after about twenty seconds and make sure that only a grey screen appears with an Apple logo in the middle.

After this is done, press and hold down the Command + R keys as soon as you hear a Mac tone indicating a reboot. You should be brought to a macOS Utilities screen; if so, click Disk Utility. Choose your Mac’s system drive (usually named Macintosh HD) then click Erase. This will erase all of your data from the device permanently so make sure everything is backed up before proceeding!

Once everything is wiped out of your Macbook Air 2013, you can follow the onscreen instructions to finish setting up your device for use again. You should now have a fresh start with a newly wiped Macbook Air 2013!

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Completely Wiping a MacBook Air

To completely wipe your MacBook Air, you’ll need to erase the content and settings from your device. To do this, open the System Settings from the Apple menu in the corner of your screen. Select General from the sidebar, then select Transfer or Reset on the right. Finally, click Erase All Content and Settings. This will erase all data and settings from your MacBook Air, restoring it to its original factory state.

Wiping a MacBook Air Before Trading It In

Before trading in your MacBook Air, you’ll need to wipe it so that all of your personal information and data are removed from the hard drive. To do this, you can use the built-in Reset option in macOS. First, shut down your Mac and turn it back on. As soon as you hear the startup chime, press and hold the Option + Command + P + R keys together for about 20 seconds. This will cause your Mac to restart and you should hear a second startup chime within a few seconds. Once you hear this second chime, release the keys and your Mac will boot into a special reset mode. From here, you can select Disk Utility from the utility menu at the top of the screen and proceed to erase your hard drive using whichever method is best for you (depending on how much time you have). Once complete, quit Disk Utility and select “Reinstall macOS” from the utility menu bar. This will reinstall a fresh version of macOS without any personal data or settings present. After installation is complete, your MacBook Air is now ready to be traded in!

Factory Resetting a Mac Desktop from 2013

To factory reset a Mac Desktop 2013, you first need to access the macOS Utilities screen. To do this, hold down the Command and R keys on your keyboard as soon as you hear the Mac tone indicating a reboot. Once the macOS Utilities screen appears, click on Disk Utility. Choose your Mac’s system drive, usually named Macintosh HD, then click Erase. This will erase all data from your hard drive and restore the Mac to its original settings. You may then be prompted to reinstall your operating system.

Completely Wiping a Mac Hard Drive

If you want to wipe your Mac hard drive completely, you’ll need to follow these steps:
1. Restart your Mac and hold down the Command + R keys while it’s restarting.
2. Once the macOS Utilities window appears, select Disc Utility.
3. Click View > Show All Devices, then select your Mac’s drive and click Erase.
4. Fill in the information for the name, format, and Scheme of your hard drive and click Erase again to confirm.
5. Your Mac’s hard drive will now be completely wiped clean!

Erasing All Content and Settings on a Mac

Erasing all Content and Settings is a feature available on Macs running macOS 10.14 or later that allows you to quickly erase your entire hard drive and reinstall the operating system. Unfortunately, this feature is not available on Macs running older versions of macOS, such as the Early 2015 MacBook Pro, which runs macOS 10.13 or earlier. To erase your Mac and reinstall macOS on an Early 2015 MacBook Pro, you’ll need to use Disk Utility instead.

Resetting Mac to Factory Settings at Startup

To reset your Mac to factory settings at startup, you’ll need to restart the computer and boot into the Recovery app. Once you’re in the Recovery app, select Reinstall for your macOS release and then follow the onscreen instructions. When prompted, select your hard drive as the destination for reinstalling. This will erase all data from your hard drive and reinstall a fresh version of macOS. You will also be asked to provide additional information such as setting up an administrator account. Once complete, you’ll have a fully reset Mac with factory settings.

Resetting Mac to Factory Settings Without Logging In

If you are unable to log in to your Mac and need to reset it to its factory settings, you can do so by starting up your Mac from macOS Recovery. To do this, restart your Mac and hold down the Command+R keys until you see the Apple logo. When prompted, select a language, then select the Disk Utility option in the macOS Utilities window.

Next, choose your startup disk from the sidebar, then click on Erase in the Disk Utility toolbar. Select APFS or Mac OS Extended (Journaled) as the format type, enter a new name for your disk if desired, then click Erase. When completed, quit Disk Utility and select Reinstall macOS from the macOS Utilities window. Follow the on-screen prompts to complete the process and reset your Mac to its factory settings.

The Effects of a Hard Reset on a Mac

A hard reset will not delete everything on your Mac. It will reset the system settings, preferences, and other data to their default state. However, your personal files such as documents, photos, music, and videos will remain untouched. After a hard reset, you can log back into your user account to access these files. To be sure that all of your data is safe and secure before resetting your Mac, you may want to create a backup of your important files in case something goes wrong during the reset process.


The Macbook Air 2013 is a great laptop for those looking for a lightweight, powerful machine. It has a fast processor and long battery life, making it perfect for long days of work or play. Its sleek design and intuitive macOS make it user-friendly and easy to navigate. You can easily customize the system to your needs by erasing all content and settings or using Disk Utility to format the drive. Overall, the Macbook Air 2013 is an excellent choice for any user looking for a reliable laptop with modern features.

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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.