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Old Jul 8, 2007, 06:26 PM   #1
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How do I remove a hard drive from an old imac?

I still have my 233 MHz imac G3. I turned it on and deleted all the personal info I could find, but I wouldn't want somebody recovering files and getting my SS number. Is there a procedure to follow when getting rid of a computer?
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Old Jul 8, 2007, 07:35 PM   #2
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If you still have the system cd for it you should be able to boot from it and do a full format of the internal drive.

Not that even that is 100% secure but it generally puts it beyond the cost/benefit scope of people who might be interested in your data.
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Old Jul 8, 2007, 08:49 PM   #3
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originally i did not think i had the cd, but i kept cleaning out my old room and found it. I held down c, rebooted from the software restore cd and a weird DOS like screen came up. It says:

"DEFAULT CATCH!, code=400 at %SRR0: 0020c444 %SRR1: 40003030
Apple iMac Open Firmware 3.0. f2 built on 04/23/99 at 14:31:03"

now i can vaguely remember messing around with my firmware after i got another computer. I do not believe i can restore this software, and am now back to my original plan of removing the hard drive.
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Old Jul 8, 2007, 08:58 PM   #4
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Here's some disassembly instructions.

Hopefully this helps.
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Old Jul 8, 2007, 09:03 PM   #5
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wow, why couldn't i find this, guess i'm not a very good googler. this is just what i need, and since i am getting rid of the computer i dont have to be all that careful or even static free!
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