I need to delete everything off a Hard Drive so I can sell it?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by SamIchi, Nov 27, 2007.

  1. SamIchi macrumors 68030

    SamIchi

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    How do I do that? I know I can do a clean install, but just so everything is gone even the OS, how do I go about doing that? Thanks guys.
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

    Eidorian

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    Boot off of the OS X and run Disk Utility to wipe the drive.

    You can restart and eject the disc after that.
     
  3. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    Re: Disk Utility. If you've got personal details, bank details etc. a 7x write zeros should suffice. It'll take some time though; leave it running while you're out for the day.

    Boot off the OS X DVD/CD by holding down C as you restart the machine and run Disk Utility from the menu before installing OS X.
     
  4. teleromeo macrumors 65816

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    use the disk utility and the erase free disk space option

    Depending on how secure you want it you can choose zero-out, 7-Pass erase or 35-Pass erase
     

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