Wiping iMac

Discussion in 'iMac' started by musical87, Dec 11, 2012.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    Aug 12, 2012
    #1
    Hi guys, looking for a bit of help with my old iMac.

    Just bought a new one and looking to pass my old one on to a family member, its running Snow Leopard at the moment.

    I want to wipe it but I don't have the Snow Leopard disk.

    What would be the best way to go about doing this without the disk?

    Thanks
     
  2. macrumors 68020

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2006
    Location:
    California
    #2
    Can this old iMac of yours run 10.8 Mountain Lion? If it can, you can make an external recovery/bootable disk and use Disk Utility to erase the drive clean (be sure to write zeros to the drive just in case). Afterward, you can then install OS X on the iMac.

    Also, Apple began selling Snow Leopard again recently. So there is that option.
     
  3. macrumors 603

    justperry

    #3
    You can still buy a snow Leopard disk on Apple's site, I believe it's something like $20.

    Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard $19.99
     
  4. macrumors 6502a

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    Aug 11, 2009
    #4
    Clone the internal HDD to an external one, boot from that and wipe the internal one.

    If you just want to wipe your user files, create a new admin user, log into it, erase your old user via the "Accounts" prefpane and erase free space using Disk Utility.
     

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