I am giving my old MB to a family member, I want to wipe it clean but don't have the CDs and need to get rid of it within a matter of days so don't have enough time to get new ones. I figure that using Disk Utility is good enough for the job, but how long does the 35-pass erase take, anyway? I've heard it takes "forever," but what does that mean? Is it going to stall and I won't know if it finished or not? Can't risk sending him a dead machine with no boot CDs so what are my options? I want to do as secure an erase as possible because I've got lots of sensitive data (banking info, etc). Any 3rd party software that would be better to use? Any other suggestions on how to securely erase data and give the computer in "new" condition?