Restoring HD for resale

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  1. Jshwon macrumors 6502

    Jshwon

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    What is the best method for wiping the HD on my mac mini to get it ready to be re-sold? Is it just a matter of using the leopard/tiger install cd? I want to make sure all my information is wiped clean and avoid the new owner from having any issues logging in and such.
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Reformatting/reinstalling from the install CD should do the trick.
     
  3. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Use Disk Utility. Highlight the drive and under the Erase tab is a Security Options... button. Press that and select Zero out.
     
  4. Jshwon thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Can I do both (zero out/restore install cd)? If I zero out the drive what will happen? Will it just boot into Leopard and go through the set up or do I have to zero out then restore with the cd?
     
  5. jrock2004 macrumors 6502

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    well I would zero the drive the install the CD. you will have to boot the CD to get to the point to zero it out.
     
  6. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Yeah. Boot off of the CD and use Disk Utility in the Installer to zero out, then just install the OS.
     
  7. Jshwon thread starter macrumors 6502

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