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

    Feb 1, 2010
    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


    Sep 17, 2011
    San Diego, CA
    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

    Feb 1, 2010
    Ah! Thank you
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    You have to launch Disk Utility at boot up, as already stated.

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