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Factory Reset MacBook Air
There are some preparations you must do before performing a factory reset on your MacBook Air.
Your data will be wiped throughout the reset procedure, so first, make sure you have a backup of everything.
After doing that, you can carry out the subsequent actions:
- Cut the power to your MacBook Air.
- Command and R are pressed and held together.
- Release the keys when you see the Apple logo and watch as the Mac restarts.
- Language and keyboard region selection is required.
- The menu bar at the top of the screen will display a “Utilities” button.
- Click on “Disk Utility.”
- Select your primary hard drive, which is typically referred to as “Macintosh HD,” from the sidebar on the left.
- To erase something, select “Erase” from the menu bar at the top of the screen.
- Make sure “Mac OS Extended (Journaled)” is chosen as the format type in the ensuing dialog box.
- Click “Erase.”
- Your Mac will automatically restart as soon as the procedure is finished.
- A fresh window for the setup assistant will appear when it restarts. Reset your MacBook Air by following the setup instructions.
What to do before you restore your MacBook Air to factory settings
There are a few steps you must take before you can factory reset your MacBook Air.
To begin with, ensure that you have a backup of all of your data because the reset process will wipe it.
Once you’ve finished, your MacBook Air is ready for a factory reset.
Log off of all of your iService accounts.
You should log out of your iCloud account prior to resetting your MacBook Air. By doing this, you can make sure that all of your data is deleted and that you won’t be able to go back and change any of your files or settings after the reset.
The “iCloud” symbol may be found in the “System Preferences” window. Click it to sign out of iCloud. Pick the “Sign Out” option from the iCloud window’s menu.
Protect Your Data
Always make a backup of your data before doing a factory reset. In this manner, even if something goes wrong during the reset procedure, your files will still be backed up and secure.
You can either back up your data to an external hard drive or to a cloud-based backup service like iCloud or Dropbox.
Erase the Hard Drive on Your Mac
You should empty the contents of your Mac’s hard drive before restarting your MacBook Air. By doing this, you may be sure that all of your data has been fully deleted and cannot possibly be restored.
Open the “Disk Utility” program and choose your primary hard drive from the sidebar on the left to delete the hard drive on your Mac.
Choose “Erase” from the menu at the top of the screen, and then for the format type, choose “Mac OS Extended (Journaled)”. To begin, select “Erase” from the menu.
Reboot your MacBook Air.
You are prepared to reset your MacBook Air once you have made a backup of your data, signed out of iCloud, and deleted your Mac’s hard disk.
Shut down your MacBook Air, then press and hold the “Command” and “R” keys to accomplish this. Release the keys once you see the Apple logo, then wait for the Mac to restart.