Erase and restore an iPad
For most people, the idea of having their iPad erased sounds like a nightmare. There are times, however, when it can be handy to wipe all your personal data from an iPad and restore it back to its factory settings.
I know my situation is unique, but as a CNET reviewer, I've had to erase my personal data from our shared test iPad on a weekly basis. It's not to say I don't trust my coworkers, but I feel a little funny having a device floating around the office with my personal e-mail account and Twitter login--not to mention an iTunes store tied to my credit card. Needless to say, I've grown comfortable with the idea of erasing and restoring the CNET iPad, so I thought I'd demonstrate the process as a How To.
Maybe you're managing your own fleet of company iPads, or returning one to a store, or selling your old iPad on eBay--whatever the circumstance, you're going to want to know how to wipe the memory and return the iPad to its original state.
So without further ado, here's a video demonstrating two methods for erasing and restoring an iPad. This same technique also works on an iPhone or iPod Touch, and can be used to move a grown man to tears if executed on someone's device without warning. Proceed with caution, and be sure to double-check that all your data is backed up to your computer.