My hard drive contents - safe?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by julienko3, Nov 21, 2008.

  1. julienko3 macrumors regular

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    I want to sell my MacBook. I would format the hard drive clean before I sell it, but I was wondering if it's possible to view the old, formatted contents. Could someone do this? Could a forensic scientist or someone who knows what they're doing?

    Thanks.
     
  2. belvdr macrumors 603

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    Yes, and easily with today's tools. You need to boot into the OS X install discs and wipe that drive using the Disk Utility in there.
     
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  4. belvdr macrumors 603

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    Depending on who you are wanting to hide the data from... ;)
     
  5. julienko3 thread starter macrumors regular

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    So I should do what BELVDR said, but there is still a risk that someone wants to get my data contents, can, and will?
     
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  7. Jack Flash macrumors 65816

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    Let's be honest. Do you have anything really worth hiding? Credit Cards? You've got fraud protection. Do a 7 pass wipe and be done with it.
     
  8. emt1 macrumors 65816

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    Just do want I said and be done with it. One zero-pass is plenty.
     

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