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

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    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:

    support.apple.com/kb/HT4649

    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

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    Have you removed every partition visible in disk utility on the hard drive?
     
  3. Winter Charm thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Winter Charm

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    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

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    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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