Reformatting old iMac without optical drive - possible?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by mcdavid1, Mar 22, 2010.

  1. mcdavid1 macrumors newbie

    Mar 22, 2010
    Is it possible to reformat a previous generation iMac (21.5" running Leopard) without the optical drive, through the use of peripherals?

    I've replaced it with the new 27" (love it), and would like to sell it to someone who doesn't mind replacing the optical drive, but obviously I need to wipe the hard drive first... which is a problem, considering I really need the optical drive to do so. Are there any workarounds for this, or am I kinda stuck?
  2. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    Use Target Disk Mode to connect that iMac (20" or 24", or even 17") to your new iMac via Firewire and use it as an external HDD which you then can format via Disk Utility on the new iMac.
  3. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    You could make a new account and delete the old one and its data. The data is recoverable though so it's not the safest option. External DVD drives are ~30$ so I would get one

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