Wipe a MBA without the instalation CD

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by bigbadneil, Apr 11, 2010.

  1. macrumors regular


    Jul 18, 2009
    I am on an oil rig and have just sold my MBA to one of my buddies, I want to wipe it before I give it to him but I do not have any of the instalation CD's with me and he wants to take it before I go home.................... is there a way I can do that and send him the instalation CD's later???
    Thanks in Advance
  2. macrumors 6502

    Mar 15, 2008
    Short answer: no

    What you can do is delete all the applications, setup a new account, delete your account. Thats all you can do until you have the discs.
  3. macrumors member

    Sep 17, 2009

    Is there no OS X application that does what Eraser does for Windows PCs?
  4. macrumors newbie

    Jun 26, 2007
    If you've got a CD and a portable drive then download DBAN, you'll have to use the autonuke method but that will wipe the drive completely.
  5. macrumors newbie

    Oct 1, 2008
    Once you have done what was suggested above you can go into disk utility and erase the free space where there are options to secure erase it.
  6. macrumors 6502

    Jun 22, 2006
    Actually, the account-create-delete plus 0ing the empty space is a good option.
    You also could give it really clean by erasing almost the whole drive in single user mode but then your buyer will need to go home with an unusable machine.

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