selling advice

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by userx420, Feb 25, 2007.

  1. userx420 macrumors newbie

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    I want to sell my powerbook, but I'm not sure about what to do with my hard drive. How can I protect myself from future identity theft?
     
  2. lamina macrumors 68000

    lamina

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    Great question! Welcome to the forums.

    There are a couple options.

    You can insert your restore disc and reboot holding down the C button until you see the gray apple. Follow the instructions and look for the extra option to securely erase your drive. "Erase free space". 7-pass should do it, but it'll take all night.

    There's also an app you can buy, but personally I don't think its worth it.

    Edit: Just to let you know, the app is called SuperScrubber.
     
  3. fivetoadsloth macrumors 65816

    fivetoadsloth

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    I recomend (second) this method, works well , and very secure, though it will take all night

    Welcome to the forums :)
     
  4. userx420 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thanks for the advice guys, I tried doing as you said but this notebook is running 10.2.8. The only option for this is to "zero out the data" in the disk utility. will this do?
     
  5. lamina macrumors 68000

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    I'd say that would pretty much do it... Maybe do it twice if you're really worried. Unless whoever is buying your computer has some pretty expert knowledge and resources to recover REALLY deleted files, you should be fine.
     
  6. fivetoadsloth macrumors 65816

    fivetoadsloth

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    Thats should be fine but as lamina said if you are really worried, just run it twice.

    :)
     

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