Disc Utility issue - trying to erase hdd, but erase tab is greyed out?

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by Whackintosh, Apr 11, 2013.

  1. macrumors 6502

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    Does anyone know what I can do. I'm selecting my full 1TB drive and "erase", naming options etc are greyed out. Same thing is happening if I select Macintosh HD. Not sure what to do?
     
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    Satori

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    If this is your start up disk, you won't be able to erase it.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Ah. In that case, how do I erase all files and personal info?
     
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    Satori

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    I suggest that you create a new admin account. Then you can securely erase your user account from within the new account.
     
  5. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    That's more work than I'd expected it to require, but it makes sense. Thanks!
     
  6. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Worked perfectly. Thanks for your help, Satori!
     

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