How do I reset/reformat my powerbook?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by thairs, Mar 12, 2006.

  1. macrumors member

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    Hello, I just sold my powerbook and I'm wondering how do I reset it back to factory settings just like it came out of the box? Thanks.
     
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    grapes911

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    Pop in the install disks that came with your PB and select and erase and install.
     
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    MacsomJRR

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    will that safely erase all of the data on the computer so that no shady character could purchase the cpu and then reaccess all of the old info?:cool:
     
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    timswim78

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    To completely (or as completely as possible) erase data, you will want to select a secure erase method. After booting from the startup disk, go to disk utility and select erase. Select erase options, and choose either the 7-pass or 35-pass options.
    http://www.oreillynet.com/onlamp/blog/2005/05/enhancing_security_and_privacy.html
     
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    calebjohnston

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    EDIT: This post was wrong.. very wrong. Removed.
     

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