How do I wipe data off my harddrive on my Late 2011 17" MacBook Pro?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Smiller4128, Jun 12, 2012.

  1. Smiller4128 macrumors member

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    I'm trying to wipe the data off my Late 2011 17" MacBook Pro running OS X Lion. However, when I go into Disk Utility and select erase, it wont let me actually erase it. What am I doing wrong here? (I dunno what it is but I'm having all kinds of trouble today lol)
     
  2. ajcadoo macrumors 6502

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    I believe you have to run Disk Utility during the boot up. I believe if you hold Command-R as the computer boots, you can run the utility and erase data there. I am pretty sure that is the command.
     
  3. Smiller4128 thread starter macrumors member

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    Ah! Thank you
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    You have to launch Disk Utility at boot up, as already stated.
     

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