Format HDD

Discussion in 'macOS' started by macforlife1987, Dec 3, 2008.

  1. macforlife1987 macrumors newbie

    Jul 25, 2008
    Im selling my macbook and Im just wondering whats the best way to format the hard drive.

    I have read online it is very easy to recover files and I do not want this to happen.

    Can anyone tell me how to completely wipe the hdd permanently.
  2. kornyboy macrumors 68000

    Sep 27, 2004
    Knoxville, TN (USA)
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    Boot from the OSX Disc and do a format the disk using Disk Utility. Make sure you tell it to "Zero the Drive" (I can't remember exactly what it says buy it has something to the effect of setting the switches to zero). This will most likely take a few hours to complete but when it is done you should not be able to recover any information from the drive. After that, install a fresh copy of the OS (if you want to ship it with the OS installed) and you're done.
  3. macforlife1987 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 25, 2008
    Selling my macbook as im upgrading to their latest line. Is it wise buying one now as I hear a new OS is coming out.(snow leopard).

    Is this a big jump like tiger to leopard. Will I be able to update to snow leopard or do I have to pay for it.
  4. techage14 macrumors regular


    Aug 4, 2007
    No, the switch from Leopard to Snow Leopard isn't a big overhaul in terms of the UI (user interface). However, it's supposed to be a big change for the general code base of OS X. It's reportedly being optimized to take advantage of the multiple processor cores in the latest generation of Intel Macs. In that regard, it's going to be a significant speed boost, but, nothing earth-shattering for the average Mac user. If you purchase the Macbook after Snow Leopard is released, then, the OS will come pre-installed at no extra charge. But, if you purchase a Macbook today, you will have to purchase Snow Leopard when it's released sometime next year and install it on your Macbook.
  5. Doctor Q Administrator

    Doctor Q

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    Sep 19, 2002
    Los Angeles
    macforlife1987: Please reply to my Private Message.

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