How can I totally wipe my Mac mini hard drive? (including the recovery partition?)

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by Winter Charm, Jul 25, 2012.

  1. Winter Charm macrumors 6502a

    Winter Charm

    Jul 31, 2008
    Okay, so I created a Mountain Lion bootable USB and everything went well, until I got an Install Failed Error telling me a recovery partition could not be created which directed me to visit this URL:

    Which is a support page for Lion. But I know the issue was a "nonstandard" bootcamp partition.

    I erased that, and tried again, and got an error once again. :/

    I think it has to do with the existing recovery partition on the internal hard drive in my mac mini... how can I totally erase my mac mini hard drive? Help please! :O
  2. Auzburner macrumors 65816


    Apr 11, 2008
    Syracuse, NY - USA
    Have you removed every partition visible in disk utility on the hard drive?
  3. Winter Charm thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Winter Charm

    Jul 31, 2008
    Yes (using the disk utility on the USB drive). And when I try to use the alt/option boot up, the only thing showing up is my USB drive.

    Edit: clarification.
  4. jcampbell1070 macrumors member

    Jul 12, 2010
    if your mac mini came with a snow leopard install dvd , use the disk utility on it to wipe
    the drive. thats what i do and it will erase the recovery partition.

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