Preparing iMac for Genius Bar / Drive Replacement

Discussion in 'iMac' started by uptownnyc, Sep 22, 2016.

  1. uptownnyc macrumors 6502

    Mar 28, 2011
    I'm scheduled to bring my iMac into the Genius bar to have the 3tb fusion drive replaced under the 3tb Drive Replacement Program. I use TimeMachine and backup my machine locally to an external USB drive. I also backup off-site with CrashPlan. I basically feel like I've protected my data, but I'm sill trying to make sure I haven't missed anything, or that I'm not compromising my personal info when I hand over my iMac.

    Since I have a TimeMachine backup, and an off-site redundancy - what's the right way to "clean" my system so that an Apple tech can't access my personal data? I've never restored a device from TimeMachine, so I'm not sure how it all works. If I were to wipe my drive on the iMac, would restoring from TimeMachine put it exactly back into its pre-wiped state?

  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Here's what I do when I handed my Mac over to Apple for repair.

    First, I used Carbon Copy Cloner, no knock on TM, but the restore speed of CCC is significantly faster then a TM restore, plus imo, it much easier. Boot off the external drive that was backed up, select the options for restore and boom, its done in no time.

    After verifying that I have a solid backup, I wipe the machine, I do a clean install of OS X, and seet up a dummy account that they can use. Given the type of work needed, that's probably not required, but that's what I did.

    Good luck
  3. danielwsmithee macrumors 65816

    Mar 12, 2005
    If you are really concerned about your private data, just reformatting and re-installing will not actually delete the data. It could still be recovered...

    To completely wipe it

    I usually perform a total wipe before selling or recycling a drive or computer.
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