Any easy way to restore without disk?

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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?
 

Gregg2

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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.
 

$MacUser$

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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.
Is it possible to do something like create a new User, switch that user to admin and then delete everything else?
 

Gregg2

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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.
 
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Weaselboy

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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?
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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