Removing sensitive info?

Discussion in 'Mac Help/Tips' started by garzy, Jun 27, 2003.

  1. garzy macrumors regular

    Dec 21, 2002
    If someone is about to sell or give away their computer, how should they go about removing all sensitive info, such as passwords in the keychain, etc?
  2. mnkeybsness macrumors 68030


    Jun 25, 2001
    Moneyapolis, Minnesota
    the best way is to do a complete re-install of the operating system. make sure you choose options when you select the disk and click the "erase and install" option
  3. garzy thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 21, 2002
    Sure. But I have heard that even after that, some information will still be left behind. ????
  4. FredAkbar macrumors 6502a


    Jan 18, 2003
    Santa Barbara, CA
    When you start up from the install CD, select Disk Utility from the "Installer" menu. In Disk Utility, you can erase the disk, and there's an option called "zero all sectors," which is more secure than just a basic disk erase. That's probably your best option.


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