How long does it take to format Mac

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  1. illumintai macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    I am selling my iMac 2008 with Snow Leopard.. and somebody is coming to have a look.

    I would like to format it when the buyer decides to buy it and leave it if it doesnt sell as I am happy to carry on using it.

    Please advise me on the time it takes for the snow leopard to format ?

    Thanks.
     
  2. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Depends on the level of security you want to use in erasing the disk
    More secure passes = longer time

    If you just do a quick format, doesn't taken but a moment
    But the install of SL will take a little bit, but not long
     
  3. illumintai thread starter macrumors newbie

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    yep, a quick erase will do.. just a casual user..

    please advise me on the steps if you can.. thanks
     
  4. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Basically, just boot from your SL disc and run Disk Utility
    Chose to erase the drive at the level you want
    Then install SL
     
  5. orbital~debris macrumors 6502a

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    How long does this process take these days?

    Last time I tried it - using the most secure option, whatever that was - it took *forever*. I had to send my original iMac G5 back to Apple for a replacement (bulging capacitors on the motherboard), and erased the drive. That was using Tiger, I think.

    Is the speed dependent on the physical action on the drive, or processor speed? Would optimisations in the OS have made any improvement in the time it takes?
     
  6. PhelpsiPhan macrumors 6502

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