returning machine, Fastest way to erase!

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  1. twgolf Suspended

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    Want to quickly erase HD and dont care about restoring OS (Returning 15" Touch)

    Can I get into disk utilities from the startup and erase or do I need a bootable USB stick?
     
  2. BarracksSi, Dec 28, 2016
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    Hold command-R to start up in Recovery Mode. Should be able to figure it out from there.
     
  3. maka344 macrumors 6502a

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    Encrypt drive, and then follow above tip.
     
  4. maflynn Moderator

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    I don't think that step is necessary, I think erasing and reinstalling is sufficient.
     
  5. maka344 macrumors 6502a

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    It depends if he wishes to protect his data from being recovered by Apple or the person who ends up with the refurb. Agreed, risk is low but then that depends on how important his data is.

    Encryption takes seconds to enable.
     
  6. maflynn Moderator

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    But SSDs don't have the same issue of HDs and removing data from SSDs is more permanent.
     
  7. maka344 macrumors 6502a

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    You can still recover unencrypted data from SSD drives. It's just an extra line of safety.
     
  8. BarracksSi Suspended

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    Just don't open Terminal and type "sudo rm . -rf" (or whatever the command is). ;-)
     

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