Securing Pricacy when Selling

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  1. 06Bam87 macrumors newbie

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    Hey,
    I plan on selling my MacBook on Ebay in the near future.
    I want to ensure that all of my old documents, movies, pics, etc are deleted.
    Is there a way for my to do this with out reformatting my computer?
    I have tried the way where you make a new user and delete the previous, but when I do this the login screen will still say my full name? even though I deleted that account/user?
    maybe i did not do it correctly?
    Any help is greatly appreciated
    Thanks
    ~Brendan
     
  2. mrwizardno2 macrumors 6502a

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    That could be the computer name, you would have to change that as well. To get rid of your stuff, you can secure erase your free space on the hard drive, which would guarantee that it was unreadable.
     
  3. Neil321 macrumors 68040

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    pop in your disk cant remember where but there is the option somewhere to do 7 passes or if you really want to be sure 35 passes,but i think that takes 24hrs

    edit think its called secure erase
     
  4. kuebby macrumors 68000

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    35 is overkill. US Gov't standard is either 7 or 14. And 35 passes will take longer than 24 hours.
     
  5. Neil321 macrumors 68040

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    So its a overkill so what?,better to be safe than sorry
     
  6. intoxicated662 macrumors regular

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    open up Disk Utility. Choose ERASE from the four selections in the middle section. Read the 4 choices below Erase and follow the steps. 7 passes is enough but to be on the safe side and sure choose the next one after that which maxes out at 35. But that's if you have alot of time on your hands. Good luck and I suggest 7 passes would be good enough but the choice is yours.
     
  7. Saliwa macrumors member

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    You should reformat your hard drive 5 times. it is impossible to ensure that all data is deleted for ever. Once I used Testdisk to recover a lost partition, and it was able to recover files I had deleted a year ago!!! :eek:
     

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