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If you want to restore your Mac Mini to its factory settings, then you have come to the right place. Factory resetting your Mac Mini can be a quick and easy way to fix any issues that may be preventing it from running properly. This guide will provide an overview of what is involved in performing a factory reset on your Mac Mini and how to do it.
Resetting a Mac mini- how?
Factory resetting your Mac Mini is an important step when you want to start fresh. Doing a factory reset will erase all of the data, settings, and preferences on the device, allowing it to be ready for another user. To begin with, you must power off your Mac Mini and hold the Command (⌘) and R keys while turning the computer on. After starting recovery mode, choose “Disk Utility” and proceed by clicking continue.
You then have to choose the hard drive and click “Erase” before exiting Disk Utility and clicking “Reinstall OS X.” After this process has been done, there are a few other steps to complete if you want to make sure that all of the data has been erased prior to giving or selling away your device. These include logging out of all accounts, deleting personal information such as credit card numbers stored in iCloud Keychain, selecting Disk Utility again but this time Erasing Free Space rather than erasing everything, running diagnostics on startup disks, deauthorizing any audio or media services that you may use with iTunes/iCloud audio Library etc., resetting NVRAM (if necessary) or PRAM so that forgotten passwords will not be remembered by the user.
Backup the Mac Mini
Backing up the data stored on your Mac Mini is an important step when making changes or upgrading your computer. Having a reliable backup ensures that you retain access to all of the files and documents stored on the Mini, safeguarding your data from potential loss. It’s also important in case something unexpected happens during the change process, such as a power surge or other glitch that can leave the mini in an unresponsive state and disrupt any changes you were attempting to make.
To back up your Mac Mini before making any modifications, connect an external hard drive or another device and follow the prompts to transfer all of your files over. You can then use Finder or Time Machine (or other software of your choice) to back up all of the data on your Mac Mini, including individual documents and directories, applications, audio files, etc. Once complete, you’ll need to disconnect this device as it will be used as a reference if anything should go wrong with the upgrade process for restoring any lost data.
Deactivate iTunes Account
Deactivating an iTunes account is the process of removing authorization to access the iTunes store and content associated with your Apple ID. The deauthorization process removes access to items downloaded on any computer that has been linked to your account. This can be done quickly and easily by following the steps outlined below.
To begin, launch the iTunes app and select the Account menu from within it. Then, click on Authorizations and Deauthorize This Computer option and a prompt will appear for you to enter in your Apple ID login information. Once entered, you will be deauthorized from accessing the iTunes Store or other services associated with this computer. It is important to note that each Apple ID is limited to five authorized computers; therefore, if you have already authorized five different machines, can remove one of the existing authorizations prior to completing the deauthorization process for this machine. After linking out authorization, exit iTunes and your account will now be deactivated and no longer associated with this device.
Log out of iCloud
Logging out of iCloud can be a simple process. All users have to do is click the Apple menu bar, then click System Preferences, followed by iCloud and Sign Out. When prompted, it’s recommended that you keep a copy of your iCloud data on the Mac so you will have access to it if needed in the future. After those steps are completed, your login session from iCloud will be terminated and you will no longer receive notifications or updates from any iCloud based programs on your computer.
Keeping a copy of your account data is essential as it makes sure that all saved documents and photos are available to you even if they’re not stored in the cloud. iCloud is a great service that ensures files remain backed up on remote servers but logging out may be necessary if you ever decide to switch accounts or if someone else wants to start using your computer with their own credentials. Taking the extra step of keeping a local backup ensures data will remain accessible even after logging out of your account.
Unpair Bluetooth Devices
Removing a Bluetooth connection from your Mac Mini is a simple process that can be done quickly. Before attempting to unpair any devices, it is best practice to check the System Preferences and make sure that the device is connected to the mini. Once you have confirmed which device or devices you wish to unpair, open up the Bluetooth settings in the System Preferences. There you will find a list of all the devices paired with your mini along with an icon next to each one. Hovering over each device will show an ‘X’ button beside them, allowing you to remove them from the list instantly. Once these steps are performed, you will only be able to rely on wired USB keyboards and mice for your mini.
It is important to note that if there are no wired USB keyboards and mice available, it may be necessary to first reconnect one of the previously paired Bluetooth devices in order for things like passwords and logins to be entered into the system before completely removing them from your Mac Mini’s connection list. Unpairing Bluetooth devices can remove potential security risks or unwanted access points as well as help keep devices running smoothly by reducing interference from multiple signals at once.
Restart the Mac
Restarting your Mac Mini is a relatively easy task, but it’s important to know the right steps in order to accomplish this. The first step is to use key combination hold down the Command-R (⌘+R) keys while booting back up. The current view should display the desktop, featuring a macOS Utilities window situated in the center. If you fail to press and hold these two keys for long enough or don’t press them early enough, you may end up on a login screen or be stuck on your regular desktop, and will need to try again.
Once these keys have been held down successfully and the macOS Utilities window appears, you will be able to choose different options from within this window. This includes repairing your hard drive using Disk Utility, reinstalling OS X if needed, running Apple Diagnostics or accessing the Terminal for other more advanced tasks. With each of these options, you can easily get your Mac Mini back into working order and fully functioning once again.
Launch Disk Utility
Using Disk Utility is one of the standard methods of troubleshooting Macs. This feature can be used to repair corrupted disks or help fix issues with existing partitions and volumes. The process for opening Disk Utility is fairly straightforward. After booting up your Mac, you will be presented with a macOS utility screen, from which you should select “Disk Utility”.
Once Disk Utility opens, you will have access to various tools allowing you to analyze and repair any issues that may be preventing your system from operating properly. Depending on the specific issue, there are different functions that can provide a possible solution. For example, performing a disk repair on an existing partition can help in numerous ways, such as correcting errors, repairing corrupted data and reducing fragmentation on drives. Using these options available within Disk Utility can often provide effective solutions to problems your Mac may be experiencing without resorting to more advanced means of recovery mode.
Choose Hard Drive
Choosing a hard drive is an important step when setting up a computer system. This is because the hard drive is the storage device that stores all of your data and applications. When it comes to Mac systems, it is essential to select “Macintosh HD” as the appropriate drive. It serves as the main directory where applications are read and stored so that they can be accessed quickly when needed. Additionally, certain files or settings require this particular file structure in order to run efficiently.
The selection of “Macintosh HD” should be handled with great care as any wrong selection may lead to serious system errors or even data loss. Therefore, before proceeding, ensure that you are selecting the right hard drive by checking its size and name. You will also want to make sure that it has plenty of space so that you can store large amounts of data without worrying about running out of room or having too many programs installed on your system at once. It is also advised to make sure that your hard drive has a secure back-up plan in place for any unexpected downtime or crashes due to power outages. Taking the time to utilize these steps will help ensure a secure and successful setup process for your Mac operating system.
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