Clear iMac HD before selling?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by hakr100, Jan 23, 2014.

  1. hakr100 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 1, 2011
    East Coast
    I don't know why I can't remember this, but I can't...

    I'm selling my iMac* and I want to clear everything off the hard drive and leave or simply reinstall Mavericks and whatever comes with Mavericks, and erase everything else.

    I've done this before, more than once, but for some reason, I cannot remember exactly what to do and in what order.

    Appreciate the steps.

    Many thanks.

    * Buying a new iMac.
  2. shaunp macrumors 68000

    Nov 5, 2010
    Either boot from the original DVD or the recovery partition and use disk utility to erase the partition. There is a secure wipe option there.

    I wouldn't consider selling any disk without wiping it first. Chances are all would be good, but you never know.
  3. hakr100 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Mar 1, 2011
    East Coast
    How do you boot from the Recovery Partition? :D

    It's been years since I've done this.
  4. barkmonster macrumors 68020


    Dec 3, 2001
    hold down option as you reboot, choose the recovery partition.

    Once it comes up, use disk utility from the menu to erase the HDD, then re-install a fresh OS so it's ready for a new user to setup once they buy it.
  5. AppleFan360 macrumors 68020

    Jan 26, 2008
    Don't do that yet. There are some things to do before you wipe the hard drive like de-authorize itunes and turn off find my Mac. Follow these instructions:

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