Erasing Hard Drive???

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by wedgeseven, Aug 6, 2006.

  1. wedgeseven macrumors member

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    I recently sold my Power Mac online and need to erase the hard drive to get rid of all my personal information. I know the disc that came with the computer has a utility to do this. However, when I did this before on the second option I believe its 10 passes(?), some information still remained such as safari browser history and favorites/bookmarks(not sure if there was anything else but it makes me wonder). i was just wondering if that was normal or I messed up. Or if there is a better way to ensure all my information is totally erased.

    thanks
    VII
     
  2. Texas04 macrumors 6502a

    Texas04

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    reformat it to another type of Macintosh Format... as you are redoing it. do it over a few times that way everything is erased. somtimes when you reformat fragments are left behind
     
  3. reh macrumors 6502a

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    If any information was easily readable on the drive, then you didn't erase the whole drive. Run disk utility from your install cd/dvd and erase the drive. Nothing will remain.
     

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