Getting Ready to Sell My Mac Mini
If you have a little time to spare, clean physically up your old Mac Mini before you sell it to get rid of that cruft and crumbs on the keyboard and mouse. Unplug everything, grab a microfiber cloth and wipe the screen, the keyboard and the case. If you have one of the older keyboards, turn it upside down and give it a good shake to get rid of food crumbs, dust and cat hair between the keys. You can use a vacuum with a soft brush attachment to clean the keyboard. Your used Mac Mini might even need a touch up with iKlear or a similar spray.
Before You Sell Used Mac Mini: Turn Off FileVault Disk Encryption.
If you activate FileVault in OS X 10.7 or later, turn it off before selling you old Mac Mini. Indeed, when you turn off FileVault, encryption is turned off and the contents of your disk are decrypted.
The decryption could take a while, depending on how much information you have stored. However you can still use your computer to do other tasks while the decryption is occurring.
To turn off FileVault:
- Go to Apple menu > System Preferences.
- Click Security & Privacy.
- Click FileVault.
- Click the lock to unlock the preferences pane, next enter an administrator name and password.
- Click Turn Off FileVault.
- Click Turn Off Encryption.
Important note: Deleting documents, contacts, reminders, documents, photo streams, or any other iCloud data while signed in to your iCloud account will lead to the removal of all this content from the iCloud servers. These documents also will be deleted from all of your devices that are signed in to iCloud.
A Few Words about Mac Mini
The Mac mini is a small desktop computer manufactured by Apple Inc. This computer is 7.7 inches square and 1.4 inches tall. It weighs 2.7 pounds. Before the mid-2011 revision, all models, except the Late 2009 and Mid 2010 server models, came with an internal optical disc drive. Models pre-2010 used an external power supply and were narrower but taller at 2.0 × 6.5 × 6.5 inches. The Mac Mini is one of three desktop computers in the current Macintosh lineup, the other two being the iMac and Mac Pro, although this small computer uses components usually featured in laptops, hence its small size
The Mac mini was the first consumer level Macintosh desktop to ship without a display, keyboard, or mouse since Apple’s success following the release of the iMac, with Apple marketing it as BYODKM (Bring Your Own Display, Keyboard, and Mouse). The primary intended market for the Mac Mini was users switching from a traditional Windows PC to a Mac who might already own a compatible display, keyboard and mouse, although these could be easily purchased if needed. A special Server version of the computer was introduced in October 2009 that included the Server edition of the OS X operating system. The Server model was discontinued as of the late 2014 Mac Mini revision.
The updated unibody Mac Mini is notable as Apple’s first computer to include an HDMI video port to connect to a television or other display, more readily positioning the unit as a home theater device alternative to the Apple TV.
(Info according to Wikipedia).