Formatting a MacBook completely before selling?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by georgecc, Aug 27, 2007.

  1. georgecc macrumors newbie

    Nov 2, 2005
    I'll probably be selling my Macbook soon, which has OSX Tiger plus Windows XP installed via bootcamp. Should I just use OSX's default options to reload everything (I assume there is one), or are there other steps/ software I should take so the new owner can't potentially recover/ see any old files on the computer? There's probably some credit card and financial info on the laptop I wish to keep private for good, especially on the Windows side.

  2. gnasher729 macrumors P6


    Nov 25, 2005
    Boot from the install DVD. Then choose "Disk Utility" instead of installing a new system, and that lets you erase the complete harddisk with a choice of security options.
  3. iJawn108 macrumors 65816


    Apr 15, 2006
    i'd go for the 7 step if you are concerned about personal files. From a person who works in forensic recovery 9-10 zeroing out's of the drive would make it virtually impossible to recover but 7 should be more than enough.
  4. georgecc thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 2, 2005
    Thanks guys, it's nice to know OSX has this ability.

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