How to Low level format (write zeros) to my iBook

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by iBunny, Feb 23, 2005.

  1. macrumors 65816

    Apr 15, 2004
    How would I do a low level format of my iBook say I wanted to?
  2. macrumors 68000


    Feb 27, 2004
    You can do that with Apple's "Disk Utility" program. You'll find it in:

    Applications > Utilities

    I believe that option is available when you click on the "Options..." button.
  3. emw
    macrumors G4


    Aug 2, 2004
    I'm sure there are many different ways, but I like this application:


    It has many different options for formatting, including wiping only unused areas of the disk (i.e., permanently deleting).
  4. Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    Boot the Mac from your original CDs that came with the machine or Disk 1 of the Jaguar/Panther retail set, which ever you have. Put the disk in, restart and hold down the 'C' button till the machine starts up from the CD.

    When in the setup stage, run Disk Utility (in the top menu bar) to erase/format/partition the disk. The Erase option will have the zero option...
  5. Moderator emeritus


    Mar 10, 2004
    Bergen, Norway
    If you have time (much time) and really want to get rid of everything on the disk you should not write zeros but rather erase with the 8 random overwrites. Then you'd need seriously expencive equipment to be able to recover anything from it...

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