Erase hard drive query

Vinnie1202

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My MacBook was water damaged. Hard drive survived. I now want to sell for parts but want to do a complete erase and reinstall of the os. I've read a few options for doing this but wanted to see if this idea would work.

When I wanted to get my data off my hard drive, I just physically swapped it into another mac we have (literally swapped my hard drive in and ran time machine to get my files). Now I want to erase and install os, can I do it in the same way. I.e get the functioning mac, take that hard drive out, swap mine in, run the erase and install and then swap hard drives back again. Or will that cause any problems on the functioning mac after the hard drive is put back in.

Any help appreciated.
Thanks
 

Fishrrman

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Feb 20, 2009
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Can you spend about $23-25?

You might consider getting something called a USB3/SATA docking station.

It would make file transfers, drive swaps, backups, etc. -- MUCH easier.

To see what these are, go to amazon.com and enter "usb3 sata dock" into the search box. You'll see many choices.

These work with both 2.5" and 3.5" drives, and you can boot from them as well. VERY useful device to have around.
 

Consultant

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Jun 27, 2007
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My MacBook was water damaged. Hard drive survived. I now want to sell for parts but want to do a complete erase and reinstall of the os. I've read a few options for doing this but wanted to see if this idea would work.

When I wanted to get my data off my hard drive, I just physically swapped it into another mac we have (literally swapped my hard drive in and ran time machine to get my files). Now I want to erase and install os, can I do it in the same way. I.e get the functioning mac, take that hard drive out, swap mine in, run the erase and install and then swap hard drives back again. Or will that cause any problems on the functioning mac after the hard drive is put back in.

Any help appreciated.
Thanks
Just erase the disk. You are selling it for parts.

Anyone buying for parts is not going to care about an OS.
 

Weaselboy

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Now I want to erase and install os, can I do it in the same way. I.e get the functioning mac, take that hard drive out, swap mine in, run the erase and install and then swap hard drives back again. Or will that cause any problems on the functioning mac after the hard drive is put back in.
Yes, that will work just fine and will not cause any problems.
 
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