Help! Returning Macbook Air. Impossible to Securely Delete All Data?


macrumors 6502a
Jul 16, 2012
St. Louis, MO
From what I've read, data recovery is a completely different animal for solid state flash memory than a spinning hard disk. The way data is stored is the flash memory is manufacturer and controller dependent.

All in all data recovery for an SSD appears to be FAR more difficult than a traditional spinning HDD. It is HIGHLY unlikely that someone is going to go to all the effort to see the average Joe's BS on their computer.

With all this being said, where there is a will there is a way. While the Apple terminal does not have a shred command, the Trash has a secure delete option. Simply take all your data, move to Trash, and securely delete it.