How to wipe a HD on a dead comp in order to sell.

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  1. Henri Gaudier macrumors 6502a

    Henri Gaudier

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    I have a G4 800 iBook that has died. Yep ... the logic board! It is dearer to repair than buy a new one and so I’d like to either canibalise it and sell the parts or sell it “as is” on eBay. The only problem is that there is personal data on the HD. How can I wipe it when the machine doesn’t work?
     
  2. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

    CanadaRAM

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    You have to remove the drive from the machine, put it temporarily in a USB or Firewire case, and reformat it with another machine. In Disk Utility, choose the Security option "Zero out data", or the 7-pass option if you are exceptionally worried.
     
  3. Henri Gaudier thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Henri Gaudier

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