Preparing for return

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Fiddler70, Jan 12, 2010.

  1. Fiddler70 macrumors regular

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    Just as a precaution,

    In what state do you guys bring back you iMac to the store?

    Am worried about the data. Would like to erase the HDD, but how do I go about that? Mount as a FW drive on my MacBook Pro? Then Erase? Overwriting with 0's? How long would that take for 100 GB to be overwritten?

    Then, to show any issues, the iMac should be working in the store, so I have to install Snow Leopard again? Need to show the Yellow tinge (of death).

    Sorry for noob questions...
     
  2. Kebabselector macrumors 68030

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    My iMac took about an hour to zero out a 500gb hdd prior to it's return.
     
  3. powerbook911 macrumors 68040

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    it took about 1 hour 55 minutes for a 1 GB drive, so this sounds about right.
     
  4. Fiddler70 thread starter macrumors regular

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  5. wesleyh macrumors 6502

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    Boot from the install cd and go to system utility > disk. From there you can secure erase the HD. You can choose to do a 1 time pass of the HD with zeroes which will take about 3 hours for 1 TB. If you want absolute certainty you could do a 7 times pass. Afterwards, simply install os x again.
     
  6. IndustrialSpace macrumors 6502a

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    Why? did you download THAT much porn? :eek:

    I don't think the repair guys care much, as they do their own fair share of it themselves.

    Cheers!


    P.S. I once took a PC to a junk yard and had one of the monkeyshoist it up from a giantic magnet. Removed all the data successfully. YMMV

    This might not be a good idea for a new iMac, though.
     
  7. Fiddler70 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the suggestions.

    Ar the iMac is Aluminum... maybe the magnet will not work?

    And urm well had it for a day. Heck how much p**n can one download in a day over n 8 Mb connection ;-)

    Is more about passwords and personal admin :)
     
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  9. Kebabselector macrumors 68030

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    Yes, mainly incase the store want to test it. But they didn't, they just refunded me.
     

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