Formatting a MacBook completely before selling?

georgecc

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Nov 2, 2005
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Hi:
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.

Thanks,
 

gnasher729

macrumors P6
Nov 25, 2005
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Hi:
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.

Thanks,
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.
 

iJawn108

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Apr 15, 2006
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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.