need help in erasing the hard drive

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by amanpreet, Sep 9, 2009.

  1. amanpreet macrumors newbie

    Sep 9, 2009
    I have juss shifted from the orange world to Apple world;-)... so not very good at this...

    well... i was intially goin to buy a macbook pro... but ended up buyin the macbook... now i juss wanna exchange and get a macbook pro... and since my laptop is yet under the 14 days refund/exchange policy hence i was thinking of doin it.

    But there is a slight problem... since i have used this laptop... there are stuff on the laptop that are personal... n i wanted to erase em be4 i give it to apple for exchange... kinda paranoid... cant help it;-)...

    welll i did come upon a link for that... in a macworld article...

    but for some reason i am not getting the option of security options on the erase panel of disk utility... so i wanted to know wat should i do...

    i can probably install the OS again... but that would end up bein a tedious and lengthy procedure... was thinking of avoiding it... and hence thought of the article above... bt apparently not workin...
    so i was hopin someone out here could help! me with regard to this???

    thanz alot...
  2. BlueRevolution macrumors 603


    Jul 26, 2004
    Montreal, QC
    You only want to securely remove some files? If that's the case, just drag them to the trash and go to Finder -> Secure Empty Trash.

    It's possible that the security options button has been moved in Snow Leopard, but you do have to reboot to the computer's restore disks in order to erase the system drive anyway.
  3. After G macrumors 68000

    After G

    Aug 27, 2003
    Save more time - hold command when right-clicking on the Trash can and it changes to a "secure" option.
    Screen shot 2009-09-09 at 8.18.47 PM.png
  4. BlueRevolution macrumors 603


    Jul 26, 2004
    Montreal, QC
    Is that new in Snow Leopard? I don't get that in Leopard.
  5. amanpreet thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 9, 2009
    well thats the issue...

    some of the files i wanna erase are with regard to msn messenger n stuff...
    and similar files...
    so actually finding them and throwin em in trash isnt gonna be that easy?

    Even if i did actually find them... i wouldnt be erasing everythin... such that none of my details or the stuff i have done... can be seen b the other person...
    n no... its not bout deletin porn n stuff... hahahhaa... its juss my personal stuff... i dont want anyone to go thru it... track stuff... hope ya gettin wat i mean...

    and yeah! its leopard on the site... and my os is also leopard...

    thanz anywayz...

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