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    I hope someone can help

    I'm turning in my MacBook Pro to my employer. To clear everything I have simply deleted my account from the Administrator account as directed by the IT guy.

    However, before I did this, as a backup I went through folders like Applications (deleting programs I had downloaded- not originally on computer) and Library and deleted most of the things in them. Then I realized that a) some of the things I deleted might cause problems for the IT guy who will be checking/prepping the laptop for the next employee and b) that there was too much stuff (folders within folders) and it was hard to keep track of what folders I had been through. So after a while of doing this I just went ahead and deleted my account and the User account.

    My questions are these:
    1. How much problem did getting rid of those files potentially cause for the IT guy and how would he go about reinstating them?
    2. Would he attempt to recover my deleted account to find stuff?
    3. Is recovering a deleted account difficult or time-consuming?
    4. I forgot to delete my website history before I deleted my account. Could it be recovered by anyone?
    5. What about passwords, user names or being able to track my messages on discussion boards like this one?

    Hope someone can give me some simple answers. I am not a techy!
    Thanks.

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    In answer to your questions:

    1) It is really difficult to know what the impact of deleting those files will be without knowing exactly what it was you deleted. Was the MacBook starting up and working after you deleted these files? If it was then it's probably OK.
    2) OK, if I was in charge of IT at a company, and was looking to clean up a Mac/PC someone had handed in to repurpose it, I would erase the hard drive and install a fresh copy of the operating system. So much quicker than trying to pick around what the previous owner had done.
    3) Recovering deleted files is easy if you haven't emptied the Trash....after that it becomes more time consuming and requires some specialist software. See 2) above, most IT guys won't bother and will just reinstall everything from scratch.
    4) Your website history is linked to your account so it should have been erased. It could be recovered if someone really wanted to, but see 2) and 3) above.
    5) Again, passwords are linked to your account. They are encrypted and even harder to recover, so I doubt anyone will bother.

    The bottom line is that I would asssume your IT department will have a policy of reformatting and reinstalling OSX and applications when a Mac is handed back. That way they know that it is in a good state when they hand it to someone else....saves them hassle in the long run.
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    Thank you so much. That all really helps put my mind at ease!

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