Formatting/Reinstalling OS X

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by scan, Aug 18, 2006.

  1. scan macrumors 6502

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    Hi, I am selling my mac but I would like to reformat it before I do so. Can anyone tell me how?
     
  2. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

    WildCowboy

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    Insert your OS X install disc and reboot your machine while holding down the "C" key. It will walk you through all the necessary steps...you'll want to "Erase and Install."
     
  3. scan thread starter macrumors 6502

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    its that easy? Whats all this I'm reading you have to delete your disc first then install it
     
  4. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    Sorry, I haven't done an Erase and Install in a long time, so I'm going from memory here. I think there's an option somewhere in the process for you to specify overwriting all the data on the disc. If not, you can open Disk Utility while booted from the disc and explicitly erase the hard drive that way first. The number of passes you do is up to you...35-pass is overkill and will likely take multiple days to complete.
     
  5. wwooden macrumors 68000

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    Where are you reading from?
     

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