Erase and Install

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    aaron.lee2006

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    Okay. So I wanted to erase my drive before I get my replacement from Apple. I selected erase and install. Of course my computer is having problems so the machine got through the first DVD then wouldn't let me start the second. I checked the disk utility on the OS X disk. I used to have 26 gigs available. Now it says 67 something gigs... Does it sound like all my data is gone? Can I package it up now?
     
  2. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    Well, if it's a 120 GB drive and it's not partitioned, a reading of 67 GB free would imply that there's lots of data still on it. Whether it's readable or not is another matter.

    I'm not sure it's crucial to get rid of it, but maybe try Erase and Install again? Or just try to erase it using Disk Utility to make sure it's all gone, and then reinstall separately.
     
  3. aaron.lee2006 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    The drive in my sig is a replacement coming. It is an 80 gig drive.
     
  4. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    Ah...gotcha. Well, there's certainly data on there, but it's probably the reinstallation.
     
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    aaron.lee2006 if you are having trouble erasing and installing Mac OS, do like WildCowboy says, and use Disk Utility to erase the drive (maybe use the secure erase under options if you are concerned about the data that was on the hard drive) then install the Mac OS.
     
  6. aaron.lee2006 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    It's hard for me to install OS X I am having logic board problems. Would they care if I just erased the drive completely?
     
  7. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    Doubt it.

    Just tell them that you were preparing to hand over your computer but wanted to backup your data, erase the HD, and reinstall the system before you gave it to them.
     
  8. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    That's fine...if you can at least get it erased successfully without having to worry about reinstallation at the same time, that's what you're really looking for. If you can then install OS X, great. If not, it's Apple's problem, but you'll know your old data is gone.
     
  9. aaron.lee2006 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    kk, I'll do that. Thanks a lot guys.
     

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