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Old May 8, 2010, 04:09 PM   #1
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Want to wipe old iMac's hard drive

I have an old iMac from 1997 or 1998. It's unusable and has been sitting in my attic for about 7 years. I want to recycle the thing, but I want to wipe the hard drive clean before doing so.

As near as I can tell, I need to change my startup disk to something other than the hard drive. But I don't have any of the disks/instructions/etc that came with the computer.

Is there any other way (without the sledgehammer) to wipe the hard drive? Free software I can download?

If not, can someone tell me how to create a startup disk?

Thank you!
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Old May 8, 2010, 04:20 PM   #2
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Do you currently have a Mac with Firewire?

If so, you can take advantage of Target Disk Mode.
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Old May 8, 2010, 04:23 PM   #3
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Do you currently have a Mac with Firewire?

If so, you can take advantage of Target Disk Mode.
No, I'm all PC these days...
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Old May 8, 2010, 04:25 PM   #4
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Do you have any older Mac OS X install CD's? If so, you can boot it off one of those and do a zero all data on the drive. Even if you don't have an OSX disc, you can boot it up off an 8 or 9 CD and use Disk Utility to erase the hard drive.
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No, I'm all PC these days...
Do you know someone with a Mac or are able to temporarily get one or able to acquire installation DVDs for that Mac? Can you open the iMac via the many guides that are available?
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Old May 8, 2010, 04:42 PM   #6
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I'll ask around to see if any of my friends have old OS CDs (this is a pre-DVD machine...heck, it's pre-CDR. Just got the good ole CD-ROM drive.)

Thanks!
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