PowerBook G4 on Craigslist

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by c84216, Jul 26, 2006.

  1. macrumors member

    Jul 15, 2006
    Okay, after the advice I got on this forum, I decided to go ahead and sell my PowerBook on Craigslist.

    I know this isn't the most proper forum for this thread, but there really isn't a better place.

    I have two questions:

    1) Should I wipe my hard drive before or after I sell the machine? Should prospctive buyers use the computer as is so I can still use it until its sold, or should I back everything up to DVD and wipe my drive so I can demo a clean machine to prospective buyers?

    2) What program wipes the hard drive so data is irrecoverable? I know this is advised for transferances of computers and have no idea which program to begin with.

    Thanks for your help!
  2. macrumors 68030


    Apr 14, 2006
    Clemson, SC
    I don't know about #2, but for #1, I'd probably have prospective buyers just preview the computer as is. I mean, who knows how long it might take for you to sell your laptop, so I'd want to be able to use it fully in the meantime. Plus, prospective buyers are really only going to be concerned with if it works, what condition it's in, and verifying the specs. I doubt anyone would throw a fuss because it's not the "out-of-the-box" configuration, as long as when they actually received the PB, it had a clean install.
  3. macrumors 65816


    May 23, 2005
    Great White North
    Disk Utility, in the Utilities Folder will give you various options on how to erase/overwrite your HD, depending on your level of paranoia.
    I believe you'll have to boot from a system disc or an external HD in order to do this though.

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  4. macrumors 65816


    Dec 16, 2004
    Birmingham, AL
    As question #2 has already been answered, so I'll offer my opinion regarding #1. If you're really concerned about any sensitive information, just make a dummy account you can use to demonstrate the machine works as advertised and whatnot, then do a backup and completely erase the HD before your buyer takes delivery.
  5. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 12, 2005

    ### Hi. *I* would use Backup Simplicity to back everything up...then use Disk Utility to blow everything away. This is..after...you have a commited buyer. Good luck...

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