Formatting a Powerbook for sale

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by freq, Sep 29, 2009.

  1. freq macrumors newbie

    Sep 29, 2009
    I bought a Powerbook 2nd hand 5 years ago and it has served me well but i have recently bought a new MacBook and wish to now sell the old Powerbook. I have looked online and seen that to format it i would need the original start-up disk but unfortunately as it was 2nd hand i didn't get one. Is there any other way of formatting it?

    thanks in advance!
  2. H&Kie macrumors regular

    Sep 19, 2004
    Assuming you've got the latest MacBook, including firewire, you could start up your old Powerbook in Target mode (start up whilst pressing the "T"-key until a firewire logo shows up). After that you can connect it to your MacBook as you would an external harddrive (using firewire). It can be securely formatted using Disk Utility then.
  3. tooz macrumors 6502

    Jul 21, 2009
    if you format it, you will lose everything, INCLUDING THE OPERATING SYSTEM. if you don't have the disks, how are you going to re-install?
  4. freq thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 29, 2009
    Thanks, As you can probably work out I have never formatted anything before so have no idea. I have a copy of Mac OS X that I got with the new MacBook would i be able to use that to re-install on the Powerbook?

    Is Disk Utility basically the same as formatting then?

    Is there another option? Just a factory reset or something along those lines?
  5. H&Kie macrumors regular

    Sep 19, 2004
    Oops... Honestly didn't think about that one :eek:

    Disk Utility is an utility for drive maintenance, including partitioning and formatting.

    The disks that came with your MacBook aren't likely to be useful on your PowerBook. They usually are related to the hardware they came with. When your MacBook has OS X 10.6 on it, it's certainly impossible. The PowerBook has a totally different processor (PowerPC), which isn't supported by 10.6. And even if you did succeed to re-install the PowerBook using the MacBook disks, it isn't exactly legal...

    However, there used to be an option to secure empty your trash. I know it was in OS X 10.3 (right click Trash, secure empty...) This might be useful to you, but I have to look that up.

    OK, If only deleting "sensitive" information would suffice to you, you could put those files into the trash and, after that, choose "Secure empty trash" from the "Finder" menu. That way your files are deleted pretty safe. If you want to delete certain software, you can delete it the same way in most cases. Just look up the program in the Application folder and put it to the trash. Some (preference) files will still be on the computer, but those usually won't harm your computer. If you're really eager to remove those too, you can find them in the preference folder in your Library folder. They are called something like com.applicationname.plist. But there's really not many reason to do that.
  6. freq thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 29, 2009
    Thanks very much for that. To be honest much of the stuff on there is just software and there isn't a great deal of sensitive stuff so I will try 'Secure Emptying' the trash and see how I get on. thanks again

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