Need to exchange laptop, how do I erase everything before I send it back?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Ckar, Nov 24, 2013.

  1. Ckar macrumors member

    Nov 14, 2013
    Is there a built in program in OS X that does it or will I need to use an external program? I don't want anyone to find my passwords or data.
  2. ducatiti macrumors 6502a


    May 18, 2011
    I'm the pro on this. Easiest way for me:

    1. Create another admin account with a generic name
    2. Log in new account and delete the other user/s with the option of deleting home folder.
    3. Done

    Don't use secured erase. It will take forever. Deauthorize any iphone devices as well.
  3. Astroboy907 macrumors 65816


    May 6, 2012
    Spaceball One
    There is a reason to use secured erase- it completely deletes your files. Just deleting the home folder deletes the references to the files I think, so all your files are still there and can be accessed using a disk recovery program.
  4. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    FWIW Secure Erase isn't an option for many SSD based Macs.

  5. m98custom1212 macrumors 6502

    Jul 20, 2013
    Toledo, Ohio
  6. Dovahkiing macrumors regular

    Nov 1, 2013
    This will not erase your data. This will mark the space as free, but it will not actually erase the files. Using this method, your data is still easily recoverable. As per Astroboy's comment: There is a reason it's called a secure erase.


    Again, as per OPs request, this will NOT permanently erase data.

  7. MacSumo macrumors regular

    Nov 26, 2013
    Don't trust apple.

    You should fill up your entire hard drive with random data multiple times.

    That'll wipe 95% of the drive, while leaving any host allocated spaces reserved. Only a sata erase command will do the trick.
  8. burgman macrumors 65816


    Sep 24, 2013
    Trust Apple article posted by Balamw
    Distrust newbie advice.
  9. MacSumo macrumors regular

    Nov 26, 2013
    Are you kidding me? Apple doesn't even recommending zeroing the drive. Read up on my quality advice. Any forensic analyst will confirm the need to wipe a drive before selling it.

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