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Formatting a G5 and leaving it empty

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

  1. macrumors regular

    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.
  2. macrumors 6502a


    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.
  3. macrumors 68040


    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
  4. macrumors 68040


    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
    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.
  5. macrumors 6502a


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

    dd if=/dev/urandom of=/dev/sda bs=1M
    :D Tinfoil hat.
  7. macrumors 6502


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

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