New ML Machine - Want to Secure Erase incl. HD, reinstall ML - How?

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by Jelsoft, Aug 13, 2012.

  1. Jelsoft macrumors member

    Apr 10, 2010
    Hi everyone,

    I just got a BTO MBA that came with ML pre-installed.

    I, however, would not feel comfortable using the machine until I had done a secure erase of the entire pre-installed hard drive (512 SSD) and then reinstalled ML.

    Can someone please help me do this?

    All I want in a fresh drive with ML installed... call it OCD, call it paranoia, but it is very real and I can't use the machine until I have done this.

    Thanks guys, as always, for helping me out when I get upset. You are the best and one of the kindness communities out there, despite the snark :) xx
  2. mrapplegate macrumors 68030

    Feb 26, 2011
    Cincinnati, OH
    I would think you would just boot into the recovery partition , use disk utility to erase the hard drive and re-install.
  3. Jelsoft thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 10, 2010
    Can't access Security Functions!

    This is the process that I get when I try to do a:

    1) Secure (i.e. overwrite) erase of the current hard drive

    2) Reinstall Mountain Lion

    As you can see, there are two hard drives to choose from:

    i) 500.28 GB APPLE SSD S..

    ii) Macintosh HD

    Please note that the Security Options button is totally greyed out.

    Please advise! :p:p

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