Wiping iMac

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

  1. macrumors newbie

    Aug 12, 2012
    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?

  2. macrumors 68020

    Jul 8, 2006
    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


    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

    Aug 11, 2009
    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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