Erasing Hard Drive with No Working Video Card

three2won

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May 19, 2013
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I recently just bought a new macbook pro after the video card died in my old one (15" from 2007). Do any of you guys know a way to securely erase the old hard drive so I will be able to sell it safely? Everything is already transferred to the new hard drive. And would I use the same method to erase my external hard drive (WD My Passport for Mac)? Thanks in advance
 

spyguy10709

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Apr 5, 2010
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One Infinite Loop, Cupertino CA
I recently just bought a new macbook pro after the video card died in my old one (15" from 2007). Do any of you guys know a way to securely erase the old hard drive so I will be able to sell it safely? Everything is already transferred to the new hard drive. And would I use the same method to erase my external hard drive (WD My Passport for Mac)? Thanks in advance
Put your old mac in target disk mode, and use firewire to hook it up to your new macbook if you can.

If your new macbook doesn't have firewire, take the old hard drive out (by taking the machine apart) and wipe it using an external drive caddy.

Better yet, take it into an apple store, they'll do that for free because you purchased a new machine.
 

snaky69

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Mar 14, 2008
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I recently just bought a new macbook pro after the video card died in my old one (15" from 2007). Do any of you guys know a way to securely erase the old hard drive so I will be able to sell it safely? Everything is already transferred to the new hard drive. And would I use the same method to erase my external hard drive (WD My Passport for Mac)? Thanks in advance
Target disk mode and disk utility are your friends.