Clean out computer

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Littleboo, Mar 3, 2012.

  1. macrumors regular

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    I want to donate my old iMac. How do I wipe it clean?
     
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    Tander

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    Best way would be to start it up with your OS X disc and format - reinstall the OS. Personally, I wouldn't do it any other way.
     
  3. simsaladimbamba

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    whoever is getting your old iMac is really lucky! :D :p
     
  5. thread starter macrumors regular

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    I'm stuck! Following the instructions on the link. I get stuck after I run through the security options. I have done the erase free space. but that is all and that didn't do it all. I clicked on Macitosh HD and that is my only option on erase. If I click on the HD above it - name 149.1 GB and a bunch of numbers - the volume format is now active. but I am not sure if that is where I need to be. I can then select a volume and I also see security options and erase. there are 5 volumes to choose form. Any suggestions?

    Thanks for the help! I am planning on giving it to a great non-profit - youth coming off the street and trying to find their place in the work world.
     
  6. simsaladimbamba

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    What OS do you want to install?
    If it is Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard:
    To create a Clean Install (formerly known as Erase & Install) of Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard (the 29 USD Upgrade DVD is a fully working retail version of Mac OS X and does not need a prior installation of Mac OS X on the Mac), follow one of the following guides:
     
  7. macrumors 65816

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    To make doubly sure, I put all my files that I wanted to keep safe into the trash (I had them backup up elsewhere), then did a Secure Empty Trash. Then I did a Clean Install.
     
  8. thread starter macrumors regular

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    The discs I have is Tiger.
     
  9. simsaladimbamba

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    You may have already found this: Reinstalling Mac OS X, where you can choose to "Erase and Install".
     
  10. thread starter macrumors regular

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    HELP!! I went to restart so I could try the above link and now I get this error. It has a box in the middle telling me I need to restart my computer, but every time I do the same stuff comes up. ont the top it says panic (appropriate!) then it has some cup stuff and says Unable to find driver for this platform. "powerMac8,1"

    I tried to restart and I tried to remove the install disc.
    :mad:
     

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