Need to wipe HD before sending macbook to Apple?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by BigDave48, Sep 20, 2009.

  1. BigDave48 macrumors newbie

    Jun 5, 2007
    Apple recently set me a replacement MBP for my faulty MB. I am wondering, is it necessary to wipe the HD before I return the MB?

    If so, how do I do this?

    I read that an HD wipe can be done via the install discs, but...that's not an option for me since my optical drive doesn't work.

    Any other ways to wipe a HD?

  2. pdjudd macrumors 601

    Jun 19, 2007
    Plymouth, MN
    No, they will apply a magnet and destroy it anyway, but it doesn’t hurt.

    Google DBAN
  3. elppa macrumors 68040


    Nov 26, 2003
    I sent a MacBook in for service and it came back with everything on the disk in tact. It is by no means guaranteed though. Before you worry about wiping the disk it is more important to make sure (if you haven't already done so) that you have a full back of all your important files.
  4. BigDave48 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 5, 2007
    Thanks for the help.

    Elppa- I won't be receiving the MB back after I send it to Apple. I've already received my new MBP and transferred all of my data to the new one.

    My concern is that the info from my old MB would be "out there" somewhere.
  5. JediMeister macrumors 68040

    Oct 9, 2008
    Is your MacBook one with FireWire or without? Because you could get a FW800 to FW400 cable, hook the MacBook up in target disk mode, and then use the Macbook Pro's Disk Utility application to format the connected computer's hard drive. This is only an option if you have the black or white plastic MacBook and not the unibody one.
  6. BigDave48 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 5, 2007
    That would be an option. Where can I find that cable? How much? Thanks.
  7. jzuena macrumors 6502a


    Feb 21, 2007
    Lexington, MA, USA
    Less than $5 from

    They have very good prices on just about any kind of cable you can think of.

    And I would wipe the hard drive before sending it back, even though you don't have to.
  8. iPhone 62S macrumors 6502a

    iPhone 62S

    Aug 18, 2009
    Just to clarify, you sent in a MacBook and got a back a MacBook Pro?

    *goes to throw MacBook down the stairs*


    In all seriousness, though, when wiping the HD, you may also want to zero out the data. It takes longer, but it makes sure it's done properly, and the data can't be recovered.
  9. weckart macrumors 601

    Nov 7, 2004
    I would not even have to ask in this forum whether it would be good idea or not. Just zero that data out.
  10. BigDave48 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 5, 2007
    Yeah. I'll spare you the long story (unless you want it and I'll be glad to share). But I simply expressed my concerns/desires to the Rep and he worked some kind of magic.
  11. iPhone 62S macrumors 6502a

    iPhone 62S

    Aug 18, 2009
    I'd like to know, could come in handy :D

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