Completely erase hard drive and everything else?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by ballnluv23, Dec 1, 2008.

  1. ballnluv23 macrumors newbie

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    I have a mbp, with a guest account and a user account. I'm selling the computer (in order to get the new one), and I want to make sure that EVERYTHING is erased (browsing history, downloads, caches, movie downloads, music, etc etc). As we all know, just placing it in the recycle bin and emptying it doesn't delete the files.

    So, what is the procedure to do this? Again, I want to erase EVERYTHING. Basically, I want the person who buys this computer to boot up as if it were the first time the computer was ever turned on before.

    Sorry if this has been posted, but I did do a search before writing the thread. Thanks mac users!
     
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Pop in Install Disk 1. Do an Erase and Install.
     
  3. emt1 macrumors 65816

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    That's not enough. You should boot from the install DVD and go to disk utility and use secure erase on the hard drive.
     
  4. noodle654 macrumors 68020

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    Yes do this, then install (if you want).
     

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