Formatting a MacBook completely before selling?

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

  1. georgecc macrumors newbie

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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,
     
  2. gnasher729 macrumors P6

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    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

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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.
     
  4. georgecc thread starter macrumors newbie

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

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