Best way to prepare a used mac.

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  1. dogbone macrumors 68020

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    I've just bought a late model emac for a friend that I'm going to set up (the computer not the friend). I was wondering if I should do any HD maintainance before I do a clean install of the OS? Should I do a hard drive security erase or something else that checks for bad blocks. I'm hoping to start it off as if it were new.
     
  2. yetanotherdave macrumors 68000

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    Unless you are particularly worried about any of the data on the drive an erase and install should suffice.
     
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  4. theISHkid macrumors regular

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    If you're really nervous you could do a (I think it's a) 7x erase. You know where it writes over everything seven times to clean it all out.
     
  5. dogbone thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Wow, that's pretty intense. I'm not looking particularly to eradicate traces of data, I'm just hoping to do any sort of maintainance tasks that can only be done during a clean install.
     
  6. synth3tik macrumors 68040

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    You can run a program such as Tech Tool Pro if you have it. That will check all system components as well as the Drives. For the most part you will be fine just doing a clean install, unless you have really sensitive information on the computer that a friend should not even see. When I sell a computer I usually just to the Zero data wipe. It just writes all sectors on the HD with a 0. It;s only a one time pass, but I feel safe with it, and the 7 time erase takes hours upon hours depending on the machine, an eMac would take fo-eva
     
  7. theISHkid macrumors regular

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    I know the 7x thing takes a while... We just did it on a new imac and it was about 8 hours.
     

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