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Old Mar 2, 2010, 04:07 PM   #1
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eMac, how do you clear them off?

I got a new iMac, like to give away my eMac, how does one clear off everything safely? I do have some credit card info on it and my passwords. or should I just toss it, after using a sledge?
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Old Mar 2, 2010, 04:09 PM   #2
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I got a new iMac, like to give away my eMac, how does one clear off everything safely? I do have some credit card info on it and my passwords. or should I just toss it, after using a sledge?
Use disk utility to wipe the disk, then reinstall OSX.

Don't hit it with the hammer! I'll pay for you to ship it to me!
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Old Mar 2, 2010, 05:42 PM   #3
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Exactly. Boot from the system restore disc that came with the computer (or with any OS X Install disc) and do an erase and install. You can zero the drive as well if you prefer.
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Old Mar 2, 2010, 05:46 PM   #4
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dare to hit it with a hammer , i book the next flight and do the same to your new imac if you do
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Old Mar 2, 2010, 06:14 PM   #5
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should I just toss it, after using a sledge?
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Old Mar 2, 2010, 09:28 PM   #6
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Toss It ? Sledge Hammer? That's a nice older Mac that can make someone very happy with . Put it on CraigsList. You could get some Cash for it & make someone happy all at once. I have one. They are beautiful.
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Okay, I'll see if I can find that disc and clear it off. Not sure I have the old OSX with Classic disc or not. Bought it from the Apple store 7 years ago, not sure they sent the discs or not, but problably did.
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Okay, I'll see if I can find that disc and clear it off. Not sure I have the old OSX with Classic disc or not. Bought it from the Apple store 7 years ago, not sure they sent the discs or not, but problably did.
if you cant find the original discs , your neighbor or a friend might have a retail disc , one second you said 7 years old then its a 700 or 800mhz model i guess ,so osx up to panther will do the trick and if not you can always take out the harddrive , its not that difficult , then put it in a usb or firewire enclosure and wipe it with the disc utility of your imac , put it back in , sorted
then sell it and make someone very happy
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If you can't find the disks you can mount it via Firewire Target Disk mode and use Disk Utility to erase the drive.
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Old Mar 7, 2010, 03:23 PM   #10
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GOt a buddy coming over to help me clear it. Giving the computer to a friend, his wife won't let him buy one, the emac should do what he wants, which is mostly email and web browsing. Thanks!
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