Forgive my lack of knowledge in this. Hopefully I'll use the correct terminology. I'm not completely useless in this area but it's not one I excel in. I would like to perform a complete reinstall on my iMac (OS X) so it's like a fresh, out of the box, computer. Fresh start. Secure Erase. All of my necessary documents have been saved. I would, however, like to save all of my computer settings, bookmarks and iTunes library, if possible. I saw the two options to reinstall my computer. I read that Erase and Install doesn't perform a Secure Erase. I definitely want everything erased securely and permanently. I know an Erase and Install wouldn't save my settings, etc., so it seems that an Archive and Install is what I need to do? I understand that it will save my settings, bookmarks and even my iTunes library but will this kind of reinstall be clean with everything else erased securely and permanently? Also, once I'm sure I have all the files I need from the archived file, can I just drag and drop it into the garbage can and securely erase it? (Meaning all that information will be permanently deleted and the space on my system regained?) I don't mind having to redo all the software updates, etc., I just want a clean, fresh start and, if possible, to save my iTunes and settings. Also, I remember being at the Apple Store and seeing a tech hitting a couple of buttons that brought up a white (DOS style) screen with all of the computers activity and history. How do I do that?