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?

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    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, 2012 at 15:56
  • How do I create a boot disk ?
    – Jules
    Aug 28, 2012 at 16:33

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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.

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