Which files do I wipe when selling my Mac?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by JW8725, Nov 16, 2005.

  1. JW8725 macrumors 6502a

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    I've sold my Mac, I'd like to know which files/folders should i securely delete? This is so the buyer cannot get into my personal custom settings i.e. passwords for MacRumors??

    Any suggestions for a quick method apart from format HD?
     
  2. stridey macrumors 65816

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    Why don't you want to format? I suggest formatting and reinstalling the OS.
     
  3. JW8725 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Data can still be recovered from a regular format HD right? I'd rather secure delete the important files. I've done that with my business files and would like to do the same with the other important files too just for piece of mind u know?
     
  4. stridey macrumors 65816

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    Well, in that case do a six or seven-pass format (I believe it's a security option in Disk Utility)
     
  5. cemorris macrumors regular

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    When installing, you can choose to do a secure erase of the entire disk. You can write all zeros to the disk, much more secure than trying to erase individual files etc. It will just take some time do do the erase, so be prepared
     

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