Help: How to ERASE HD

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    Punkwaffle

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    I finally got a buyer for my G4 and I have to ship it tomorrow.
    Any recommendations or links to articles on how to securely erase the HD.
    I know about superscrubber and reformatting, but I want to cover all my bases. Can someone recommend a good solution?

    Thanks
     
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    LeeTom

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    Startup with your OS X CD, use Disk Utility, and format with the Write Zero's option.

    Lee Tom
     
  3. emw
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    emw

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    I'd do a more complete data wipe, especially if you stored any sensitive data on the HD (financials, etc.)

    iWipe provides DOD level of deletion (35 passes).
     

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    Horrortaxi

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    How many days is 35 passes going to take? He ships it tomorrow.
     
  5. emw
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    emw

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    What time zone is he in? ;)

    It should only take a few hours - run it overnight (or run a lower security level). I just wouldn't take risks with any personal information.
     
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    Horrortaxi

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    I did Disk Utility's 8x random overwrite on an 80GB drive and I cancelled it after about 3 days. I decided I didn't need to be that paranoid and just zeroed it, which only took a few hours.
     

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