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Mar 3, 2012, 03:07 PM
I want to donate my old iMac. How do I wipe it clean?

Mar 3, 2012, 03:11 PM
Best way would be to start it up with your OS X disc and format - reinstall the OS. Personally, I wouldn't do it any other way.

Mar 3, 2012, 03:13 PM
Mac 101: Preparing your old Mac for sale or recycling (http://www.tuaw.com/2010/09/24/mac-101-preparing-your-old-mac-for-sale-or-recycling/)

Mar 3, 2012, 03:14 PM
whoever is getting your old iMac is really lucky! :D :P

Mar 8, 2012, 09:00 AM
I'm stuck! Following the instructions on the link. I get stuck after I run through the security options. I have done the erase free space. but that is all and that didn't do it all. I clicked on Macitosh HD and that is my only option on erase. If I click on the HD above it - name 149.1 GB and a bunch of numbers - the volume format is now active. but I am not sure if that is where I need to be. I can then select a volume and I also see security options and erase. there are 5 volumes to choose form. Any suggestions?

Thanks for the help! I am planning on giving it to a great non-profit - youth coming off the street and trying to find their place in the work world.

Mar 8, 2012, 09:03 AM
What OS do you want to install?
If it is Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard:
To create a Clean Install (formerly known as Erase & Install) of Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard (the 29 USD Upgrade DVD is a fully working retail version of Mac OS X and does not need a prior installation of Mac OS X on the Mac), follow one of the following guides:

Short version: Clean Install of OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard (http://guides.macrumors.com/Clean_Install_of_OS_X_10.6_Snow_Leopard)
Long version: Mac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard: How to Erase and Install (http://support.apple.com/kb/ht3910)

Mar 8, 2012, 09:18 AM
To make doubly sure, I put all my files that I wanted to keep safe into the trash (I had them backup up elsewhere), then did a Secure Empty Trash. Then I did a Clean Install.

Mar 8, 2012, 06:57 PM
The discs I have is Tiger.

Mar 9, 2012, 01:54 AM
The discs I have is Tiger.
You may have already found this: Reinstalling Mac OS X (http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?path=Mac/10.4/en/mh1103.html), where you can choose to "Erase and Install".

Mar 10, 2012, 08:01 AM
HELP!! I went to restart so I could try the above link and now I get this error. It has a box in the middle telling me I need to restart my computer, but every time I do the same stuff comes up. ont the top it says panic (appropriate!) then it has some cup stuff and says Unable to find driver for this platform. "powerMac8,1"

I tried to restart and I tried to remove the install disc.