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Need help wiping a MAC hard drive

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by Jay S., May 8, 2010.

  1. Jay S.

    Jay S.

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    My mother in law is selling her IMAC and needs to wipe the hard drive. Problem is that she can't find the original disc. If I use the disk utility to wipe it, will it also wipe out the OS? Don't want to try and sell it without an OS. Thanks for the help!:wavey:
     
  2. IndyGunFreak

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    Probably... can you call Apple and request a new CD? They might charge you for it. What's the age on the Mac?

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  3. checkyoursix

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    Every Mac has the ability to securely delete documents built in. Put the documents you need to delete in the trash, then go to Finder/Secure Empty Trash. I don't remember the exact specs, but the memory sectors get overwritten several times, thus making it impossible to recuperate data.

    Voila', done. You're now your mother in law hero. I have never been it, so you're way ahead.
     
  4. Jay S.

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    I'll give that a shot. Thanks again!
     
  5. jpa

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    I would go a step further and uninstall any applications she has installed and purchased a license for. Freeware like Firefox, etc can stay, but I'd get rid of any of the paid for software on it. When selling a PC, I used to wipe everything and reload it all to be sure I got all my personal info off the PC completely (including the Owner/Registration info in the control panel).
     
  6. cgwahl

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    You're going to sadly need the Mac install disc, but I'd recommend just using software to do a wipe (maybe multi-passthrough of 1's and 0's), whatever...and then reinstalling the OS.

    It'll give them a clean version of the OS and you don't have to worry about if you forgot to delete anything.