Delete Files without Restoring

Discussion in 'macOS' started by chicleeblair, May 4, 2010.

  1. chicleeblair macrumors newbie

    May 4, 2010
    I just got a new macbook pro, and am giving my 13-inch Macbook to my mom. It runs Snow Leopard, and I have the install discs, but I don't have the application bundle discs. So rather than restoring the HD, I need to erase all my files.

    What system files and such do I have to erase to give it to her clean?
  2. nrajack macrumors member

    Oct 22, 2009
    Trenton, NJ
    Try this:
    Create a new admin user account. Make settings as appropriate. The delete your old admin user account which I'm guessing is your current user account. Also make sure you user folder is deleted. Assuming you haven't placed files in weird places then you should be okay.
  3. Steve-M macrumors regular

    Jun 12, 2009
    And when your done erasing files, open disk utility, and erase the free space. Just encase it falls into the hands of someone besides Mom ;)
  4. Gregg2 macrumors 603

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    I've been told that wiping free space with Disk Utility makes it harder to recover old files, but not impossible. Of course, the malevolent person would have to be a supergeek.

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