Securely erasing only the empty part of the hard drive?

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  1. Charlie Croker macrumors member

    Charlie Croker

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    I am looking for a method to securely erase only part of a hard drive. I am selling my old Mac and I would like to leave the OS system as it is for the next owner (who I know). I will be able to look for and delete all files relating to me, so my question is, what is the best method or software (preferably freeware) for fully erasing file traces and data from the "empty" part of the hard drive? I have seen something called BOOT AND NUKE (www.dban.org) but it seems to be for erasing the whole drive (though I am not sure). Does anyone have any sage-like advice? I should point out that it is not an Intel Mac, therefore Boot and Nuke probably won't work.
     
  2. psxguru macrumors 6502a

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    Just run disk utility and choose the erase free space option?

    Personally I would secure erase the whole disk and do a fresh install ready for the new owner, unless you are 100% sure you've not left any personal files (including logs/preferences etc) anywhere on the filesystem.
     
  3. spinnerlys Guest

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    Applications / Utilities / Disk Utility and its Erase Free Space button
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    and the following options
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    will give you what you want.
     
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