Secure Erase Before Selling

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by AppleJaxKid, Jun 12, 2012.

  1. AppleJaxKid macrumors newbie

    Jun 12, 2012
    I'm getting ready to sell my mid 2008 macbook, I've researched & obsessed over what to do to prepare my MB. I decided to reformat the hard drive using the 2 disc that came with the MB. I put the disk in, got to disk utilities, selected the internal HD, went to erase tab, kept it at Mac OS Extended (journaled), renamed it, and chose 7 pass security erase under security options. I confirmed the erase (which took several times). It's been about 45 minutes and it still says "Preparing to securely remove data from disk." I know the 7 pass is going to take awhile, but is this normal? The drive has 111 GB.
  2. iphone1105 macrumors 68020


    Oct 8, 2009
    Sounds silly, but whenever I sell a computer, i just get a new basic 250GB HD for it and install OSX on it. That way it's a completely new drive, none of my info is on there, yet the new owner gets a fresh out of the box set up. You can then use the old HD in your new computer or for backup purposes, win/win IMO.

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