How to get HDDERASE to work on MacBook Pro Unibody?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by steffi, Apr 15, 2009.

  1. steffi macrumors 6502a

    Jun 7, 2003
    So perhaps the NVidia compatibility issue affects HDDERASE also? Since when booting from UBCD 4 or 5 it just hangs after selecting it from the menu. All I get is a flashing cursor.
  2. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

    Oct 24, 2007
    Why not use the secure erase function offered by the disk utility. It should be on your OS X install cd if you don't have another installation available.
  3. steffi thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 7, 2003
    Secure Erase is a misleading term. It's not sufficient to write just zero's or 7 times etc. I'm looking to run HDDERASE which implements my SSD's secure erase command that clears out a lot more information necessary to restore the drive to a fresh "New" state.

  4. Maximus434 macrumors regular

    Jan 11, 2006
    Bump. I would appreciate a response to this - I need to sanitary erase my Vertex SSD to factory fresh state - OCZ have a utility to do it but it's windows only. I don't want to have to take the drive out of my MBP...
  5. steffi thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 7, 2003
    HDDERASE is not possible on Mac hardware as their EFI bios blocks the use of the ATI security command set.


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