Selling my iMac G4....erase install?

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  1. clcnyc macrumors regular

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    I am selling my "old" iMac, and want to make sure all of my stuff is outta there, and like new. Is Erase/Install the best way? I have already migrated all of my settings/users, etc over to the new one.
     
  2. iDONTdoWINDOWS macrumors member

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    When I sold my G3 ibook that is what I did. Not sure if it is the best way just my $.02
     
  3. ebow macrumors 6502a

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    In preparation for selling my old iMac I made sure to use Disk Utility on the installer CD to do a secure erase of the drive. I let it run for a number of passes--I forget how many--just to be sure my personal data was effectivly destroyed.

    I don't think I bothered to install the OS after that. I wasn't sure what would happen when I got to the "choose a usename" part of the installation, so I left the process for the buyer to do. I figured it's simple enough...
     
  4. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    A simple erase and install will be fine in most cases. Only do the zeroing out if there's stuff on there that you don't want to be found. Otherwise it's more work than it's worth. :)
     
  5. QCassidy352 macrumors G3

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    When it gets to the "choose a username," just hold down the powerbutton until the computer shuts off. When the new owner powers it up, it's like new. :)

    Yeah, as others have said, disk utility to zero it out of you're really worried, but by and large erase and install is good enough.
     
  6. ebow macrumors 6502a

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    Brilliant! Thanks for that tidbit. I probably could have guessed that but I haven't done too much OS setup (aside from my own) since the days of OSes 8 and 9 back in college.
     
  7. clcnyc thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks!

    Good to know. Now if only someone would buy my G4...:rolleyes:
     
  8. JDOG_ macrumors 6502a

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    Use a large magnet. Works everytime.

    All this talk about erasing data 500x is nice and all, but in reality, what are the chances the person who is buying your computer actually knows how to do that level of data recovery?

    Still a good piece of mind though.
     

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