Program to Securely Erase MacBook HDD

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Sum 2 Three, Dec 16, 2008.

  1. Sum 2 Three macrumors newbie

    Dec 10, 2008
    Hello, I've got two quick questions:

    -Can I used disk utility to securely wipe the drive that OS X is installed on (the drive only has one partition... the partition OS X is on)?

    -I assume that the answer to the first question is 'no'. Can anyone recommend a good program to securely wipe the hard drive of a macbook? By 'good' I mean free and simple.

    Thanks much

    I'm sorry, I've managed to solve my own problem. Apologies.
  2. Gray-Wolf macrumors 68030


    Apr 19, 2008
    Pandora, Home Tree
    Post what you came up with, may help others as well. ;)
  3. rainydays macrumors 6502a

    Nov 6, 2006
    DiskUtility works fine for this. Just make sure to select 7- or 35-pass erase depending on how paranoid you are and how much time you've got.
  4. AdeFowler macrumors 68020


    Aug 27, 2004
    Reboot from install DVD > Open Disk Utility from the Utilities menu > Select the Erase tab > Select method > Click Erase > Find something else to do for a few hours ;)

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