eMac, how do you clear them off?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by gunjeep444, Mar 2, 2010.

  1. macrumors newbie

    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?
  2. macrumors 6502a


    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!
  3. macrumors 6502

    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.
  4. macrumors 68040


    dare to hit it with a hammer :eek:, i book the next flight and do the same to your new imac if you do ;)
  5. macrumors 6502a


  6. macrumors member

    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.
  7. macrumors newbie

    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.
  8. macrumors 68040


    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
  9. macrumors 6502a

    If you can't find the disks you can mount it via Firewire Target Disk mode and use Disk Utility to erase the drive.
  10. macrumors newbie

    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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