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Old Dec 11, 2012, 03:10 AM   #1
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Wiping iMac

Hi guys, looking for a bit of help with my old iMac.

Just bought a new one and looking to pass my old one on to a family member, its running Snow Leopard at the moment.

I want to wipe it but I don't have the Snow Leopard disk.

What would be the best way to go about doing this without the disk?

Thanks
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Old Dec 11, 2012, 03:20 AM   #2
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Can this old iMac of yours run 10.8 Mountain Lion? If it can, you can make an external recovery/bootable disk and use Disk Utility to erase the drive clean (be sure to write zeros to the drive just in case). Afterward, you can then install OS X on the iMac.

Also, Apple began selling Snow Leopard again recently. So there is that option.
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Hi guys, looking for a bit of help with my old iMac.

Just bought a new one and looking to pass my old one on to a family member, its running Snow Leopard at the moment.

I want to wipe it but I don't have the Snow Leopard disk.

What would be the best way to go about doing this without the disk?

Thanks
You can still buy a snow Leopard disk on Apple's site, I believe it's something like $20.

Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard $19.99
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Old Dec 11, 2012, 06:26 AM   #4
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What would be the best way to go about doing this without the disk?

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Clone the internal HDD to an external one, boot from that and wipe the internal one.

If you just want to wipe your user files, create a new admin user, log into it, erase your old user via the "Accounts" prefpane and erase free space using Disk Utility.
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