Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I've bought a new Mac laptop and I want to sell my Mac mini. However, I need to erase my hard drive.

I only have the Snow Leopard install disk: I purchased Lion from the Mac App Store.

Is there any way I can install Lion? I don't want to put my Apple ID into the new install. I'd rather leave it ready for my buyer.

When I go into Disk Utility, I don't see a restore partition, possibly because the Mac mini has an optical drive. Not sure if I can set up a restore partition. If I could, would I have to enter my Apple ID?

share|improve this question
I suggest you just install Snow Leopard and let whom ever buys the computer upgrade it on their own. Of course you could just create a boot USB/Disk yourself. – Ramhound Aug 28 '12 at 15:56
How do I create a boot disk ? – Jules Aug 28 '12 at 16:33
up vote 1 down vote accepted

I'm pretty sure you don't have a resellable license to Lion, so you can't sell your machine with Lion installed. Only sell it with an OS installed that you have right to resell.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.