Any easy way to restore without disk?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by $MacUser$, Dec 2, 2011.

  1. $MacUser$ macrumors 6502

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    Is there any easy way to restore a (leopard) system without the factory disk? If not, is it possible to manually go in and delete everything? If so, where would one find system preferences, key chain for pass codes, other sensitive information, etc?
     
  2. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    Disk Utility will allow you to wipe the disk. Once that's done, you need a physical disc to put anything back on that drive.
     
  3. $MacUser$ thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Is it possible to do something like create a new User, switch that user to admin and then delete everything else?
     
  4. Gregg2, Dec 4, 2011
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    Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    Securely? No.

    EDIT: Oops! Thought of the free space thing after I left for awhile. I see that Weaselboy beat me to the punch. I use TechTool Pro for that, and wasn't sure that Disk Utility had that option. I'll take the Weasel's word for it.
     
  5. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Yes. Just delete the old user data when asked as you remove the account. Then go to your new account and start Disk Utility and do a secure erase of free space.
     

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