Format OS X

Discussion in 'macOS' started by zamwi, Feb 22, 2007.

  1. zamwi macrumors newbie

    Feb 14, 2007
    Hey everyone,

    Though I am not new to Apple, I don't claim to be an expert....

    I am getting ready to sell my Mac Mini and need to format the drive. I put the install disk in and began a new install, then the computer needed to be restarted. Now when the computer starts up it asks to install OSX.

    Does this mean my drive is formatted, or what should I do to wipe it clean?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. gauchogolfer macrumors 603


    Jan 28, 2005
    American Riviera
    I would run Disk Utility off of your system restore disk, and format using that. I believe you can specify to overwrite everything with zeros, as well as do multiple passes, just to ensure 'total' erasure. I think at that point you'd be good to go.
  3. todd2000 macrumors 68000

    Nov 14, 2005
    Danville, VA
    Just follow the prompts to re-install, and there will be options there to format the drive. If your overly paranoid choose the 0, or multi-pass option. When your finished the computer will be exact-ally like the day you bought it.

    Unless of course your trying to sell it with just a blank drive, and no OS, in that case follow gauchogolfer's advice

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