Formatting a G5 and leaving it empty

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by satans_banjo, Sep 8, 2010.

  1. macrumors regular

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    #1
    I have an old G5 I'm giving away and I don't have the install disc for it. I was wondering if there was a way of formatting the hard drive and not reinstalling OS X straight away, but if someone inserts the disc when booting it up they can reinstall it.
     
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    btbrossard

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    #2
    I would imagine this would work?

    Mount the G5's HDD using Firewire target disk mode on a different mac. Then use disk utility on the other mac to format the mounted G5's HDD.
     
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    MacHamster68

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    it even would work with a usb enclosure , for pure formatting there is no need for a firewire enclosure , erase/ format the hdd in apple extended journaled and then put it back in the g5 and its ready for the new owner to install the operating system he likes
     
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    Giuly

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    Insert the Install-DVD, power it on while holding the "C"-key on the keyboard, select your language, choose Utils->Disk Utility from the top-menu, select your hard drive and click "Delete".

    Don't have access to any Install-DVD? Burn yourself an Ubuntu-LiveCD or something, then do
    Code:
    sudo cat /dev/null > /dev/sda
    in the Terminal.

    This overwrites the whole disk with zeros. Do it a couple of times and your data cannot be restored again.
     
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    raysfan81

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    Thats the easiest idea it doesn't require anything but a blank CD-R :D
     
  6. macrumors 6502a

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    Code:
    dd if=/dev/urandom of=/dev/sda bs=1M
    :D Tinfoil hat.
     
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    87vert

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    just remove the hdd and give it away like that. New hard drives are so cheap anyways.
     

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