Need assistance erasing hard drive.

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by bobbybunny, Oct 28, 2008.

  1. bobbybunny macrumors newbie

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    #1
    Hi,

    I am selling my imac desktop and was wondering if anyone can relay detailed instructions on the best way to erase my hard drive. Thanks.


    Imac desktop
    Intel/1.83GHz iMac 17
    1GBof 66MHz and i have Leopard
    installed on it as well
     
  2. FJ218700 macrumors 68000

    FJ218700

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    #2
    boot off the install disc, exit the installer and go to disk utility, select the drive and do a 7x overwrite
     
  3. belvdr macrumors 603

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    Well, I normally dd the hard drive, inputting /dev/zero onto it. However, I don't think the OS X installation discs allow you to use Terminal. If they do, then you can:
    Code:
    dd if=/dev/zero of=<insert hard drive link here, usually /dev/sda>
    EDIT: Sounds like FJ218700's idea is much easier for a Mac.
     
  4. eluk macrumors 6502a

    eluk

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    Start from the install disc and run 'Disk Utility' where you'll find a method to match your desire.
     
  5. bobbybunny thread starter macrumors newbie

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  6. highjumppudding macrumors 6502

    highjumppudding

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    load the restore discs that came with the mac and follow the instructions. it should take an hour or two to reformat and do a clean install of the OS and apps.
     

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