Advice on a iBook HD

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  1. CrackedButter macrumors 68040

    CrackedButter

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    I have just put my iBook HD on ebay and realised I haven't actually formatted it! Also ebay doesn't make it easy to stop an auction, talk about a maze of options!

    I have tons of personal info on the drive with regard to Credit Cards and various online accounts. No porn incase you're thinking. :)

    I'm not yet prepared to bite the bullet and take apart my iBook again simply to format this drive, what is the next best way? I know about HD enclosures and about special IDE cables that will let you use laptop HD's in a desktop machine.

    The best solution would be to bung it in a MacBook and use the startup disks to wipe it but I don't know anybody in my area who could offer me that service. Anybody think a regular PC shop could do it for me instead for a tiny fee?
     
  2. Spanky Deluxe macrumors 601

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    Get a firewire cable, start it up in target disk mode, connect it to another mac and use the disk utility to format it, you can even make it do a complete secure erase, letting it format it like 7 times or something.

    Actually, the installation disks should be able to do this too so no cable would be needed.
     
  3. CrackedButter thread starter macrumors 68040

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    The drive I want to format isn't inside the iBook anymore.
     
  4. Warbrain macrumors 603

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    I would have to look at the ads in the back of one of my MacWorld magazines, but there's this amazing thing that is like a dock for hard drives that are out of their enclosures.
     
  5. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Most PC shops should be able to format it for you. Otherwise, see if you can get an enclosure form a friend or someone. You wouldn't need to borrow it for long. :)
     
  6. Spanky Deluxe macrumors 601

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    I'd suggest getting an external hard drive chassis or a usb hard drive adaptor. I got one from the Brando Workshop and its proved to be incredibly useful.
     
  7. CrackedButter thread starter macrumors 68040

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