quick reformatting question.

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Malus, May 16, 2006.

  1. Malus macrumors 6502

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    I am going to sell my iMac on ebay soon, and was wondering...

    When I reformat my imac, all my information is erased right? Its not like a windows machine and there is still a way to get that information back right?

    I know this sounds like a really dumb question. I just wanted to double check.

    Thanks :D
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    In Disk Utility you can Erase the drive using the Security Options.
     
  3. Malus thread starter macrumors 6502

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    So, I'm guessing thats a yes, to no one can recover files. Thanks!
     
  4. reh macrumors 6502a

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    Formating is formating. There's an equal chance of recovery on both file systems. (Yes, there is a possibly of file recovery from just one format, but it'll cost ya big time I imagine. The more times you write over the data, the less chance someone can get at it. Unless you're some secret spy or something, a simple format will suffice though.)
     
  5. Coldchillin2322 macrumors newbie

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    So this basically makes it a new Mac right out of the box, correct?
     
  6. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Yes, the new user will be presented with the same registration and setup information that you got when you opened the Mac the first time. That is if you install OS X after wiping in but don't enter any information. You can power down the machine after the opening video and it'll just boot back up right there.
     

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