How To Completely Restore Your Mac to Factory Settings

If you just want to free up some space on your hard drive or wipe it completely clean, restoring your Mac will help.

3 Steps:
1. Back-up the Files
2. Erase the Hard Drive
3. Re-install O.S. & Replace the Files

Things you will Need
1. Mac OSX Install DVD & iLife DVD
2. Hard Drive to Back-up files on

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  1. michebomb says:

    Thanks for the …
    Thanks for the video! I have a problem though.. when I get to the Disk Utility and go to hit erase its not “clickable” i can only click the button beside it that says “erase free space” … what should i do!! Please help!!
    Thanks Michelle

  2. SixSixSixDeathWish says:

    i accidentally …
    i accidentally deleted my bootcamp. will this restore it?

  3. bladesclub says:

    helpful video….. …
    helpful video…..but just one question. isnt there an option to erase and install? rather than having to format the drive yourself and then installing it?

  4. navajovik says:

    Excellent Video my …
    Excellent Video my friend good job

  5. Dankoji says:

    lifesaver!
    lifesaver!

  6. flip92 says:

    THANKS SO MUCH!!!!!
    THANKS SO MUCH!!!!!

  7. TalesOfWar says:

    @mariomx2099 It …
    @mariomx2099 It could be the SuperDrive, or the Hard Drive, or even the DVD itself. I’d contact Apple support of if you have one near by, take it to an Apple Store and have them check it out. Even if it’s out of warranty they’re usually nice enough to replace things if it’s something as simple as the SuperDrive for example.

  8. TalesOfWar says:

    @sabrewulf2099 …
    @sabrewulf2099 iLife is on the “Applications” DVD along with a bunch of diagnostic tools that you run before boot if you’re having issues.

  9. CassiveBrewster says:

    Thanks Draco Malfoy …
    Thanks Draco Malfoy! :)

  10. demonhordelock7 says:

    I LOVE YOU and i …
    I LOVE YOU and i hate my mac its just a fail device

  11. goppi101 says:

    I LOVE YOU :) no …
    I LOVE YOU :) no homo

  12. goppi101 says:

    I LOVE YOU :)
    I LOVE YOU :)

  13. JagHarEnFinne says:

    For those that have …
    For those that have lost their mac osx CDs the only option will be that u get a new mac osx cd (snowleopard is nonexpensive) or borrow one from a friend that got it.

  14. pangsai says:

    Hey, my sister has …
    Hey, my sister has a macbook and she can’t restore it to factory settings. She lost the CD… is there any way? please help me :(

  15. maretamer says:

    whats with the …
    whats with the jesus message at the end there? weird. not that it matters a lot but i watched your video for computer help, not for religious help

  16. thormx878787 says:

    can i back up …
    can i back up applications????

  17. mariomx2099 says:

    It’s very well …
    It’s very well explained and I’ve done in successfully in 2 macs but I have a problem with a macbook, when it tries to start from the installation DVD, after almost a minute loading the apple screen it shows the rarely seen gray screen of death (the one that tells you to push the power button to turn it off) I’ve tried it several times on this computer with the same result. Can you or anyone help me? Thanks in advance!

  18. mariomx2099 says:

    It’s very well …
    It’s very well explained and I’ve done in successfully in 2 macs but I have a problem with a macbook, when it tries to start from the installation DVD, after almost a minute loading the apple screen it shows the rarely seen gray screen of death (the one that tells you to push the power button to turn it off) I’ve tried it several times on this computer with the same result. Can you or anyone help me? Thanks in advance!

  19. DAVID123B123 says:

    great video and …
    great video and perfect explanation thank you

  20. minituff says:

    @hotxblua just keep …
    @hotxblua just keep the disk in, turn on your mac and hold the ‘c’ key

  21. paulallen34 says:

    thanks for that …
    thanks for that video nicely explained.well done.

  22. hotxblua says:

    If i forgot my …
    If i forgot my keychain password. How can i reset it???? Please reply

  23. Nuclear793 says:

    i have tow disk’s …
    i have tow disk’s whan i bought my imac. one is “mac install DVD” and “application DVD” iLife is the application DVD???

  24. pacmon99 says:

    i have a question …
    i have a question if i just want to save ilife and the os can i just use a disc to save my ilife on intull the new os is installed? and great easy video one of the best ive seen

  25. sabrewulf2099 says:

    I just got a …
    I just got a MacBook Pro and it came with iLife. I did not get a separate iLife disc. I have two discs, the Mac OS X DVD and Applications Disc (haven’t confirmed if iLife is in there). Do you know off Apple includes iLife in that second disc or will I be screwed out of iLife if I decide to erase and install the Mac OS X down the road?

  26. Jonny says:

    Bro you have helped me so much. I will forever be grateful to your uber mac skills. Well done 8D.

  27. Manni says:

    Your a life saver mate. Many thanks :)

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