Selling a Clamshell - Erase HDD - How?

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  1. Whatyacallit36 macrumors newbie

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    Hello, I am very new to Mac.

    A ibook clamshell M6411 has been donated to me to sell for charity.
    I need to erase the Hard drive so the personal info is erased before selling this unit.
    I have spent about 3 hours looking for a solution. Including ifixit
    to remove the HDD but that looks like a huge job...
    http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Repair/iBook-G3-Clamshell-Hard-Drive/115/12

    Right now it has Mac OS X Version 10.3.2
    I would like to make the HDD BLANK
    Any advice?
    Thanks.
     
  2. Whatyacallit36 thread starter macrumors newbie

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  3. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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  4. Whatyacallit36 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    No discs. Just the machine, power cord, a working CD ROM and usual ports.
     
  5. sngx1275 macrumors regular

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    Do you have any OS X CDs? If so you can probably boot off that and then open up disk utility and do a multipass erase from there.

    If not, you can get a PPC Linux disk and boot off of that, that will allow you to format the drive.. But I don't know of any specific bootable PPC linux disks with a wipe utility. But it being linux, if you can get to a command line you should be able to wipe it from there, I just don't know the 'command' needed.
     
  6. Whatyacallit36 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks, I have a Western Digital and Seagate utility (Install) disks.
    What brand HDD shipped with this model?
    If I format it 10 times, would that clear it good enough?
    Thanks for all the help.
     
  7. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    Those won't work. You need a disk that's bootable on a Mac.

    I don't know about back then, but these days brands of hard drives vary from computer to computer, even within the same model/revision. There's no way of knowing without taking a peek at it in Disk Utility or opening the computer up.

    Disk Utility in OS X supports a 7-pass erase algorithm, which should be more than enough. However, this computer came out well before my time.

    What are the memory/processor specs of the machine?

    Aha! It has been out-of-date for so long that I had forgotten that it exists, but BootCD will run on your computer. What you will need to do is have it save a disk image, then transfer that to another computer and burn the file to a disk. That disk should then be bootable, even if you burned on a PC. I believe BootCD includes Disk Utility by default, but you should be able to manually select it. Sorry, it has been so long since I used that app that I can't remember exactly how it works. It's a good place to start looking anyway.
     
  8. Whatyacallit36 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Tried BootCD on the camshell.

    I made a boot CD with my XP pro using Nero StartSmart 2.1.0.6
    The Clamshell boots to the OS and not to the CD.
    The CD is on the main screen but I cannot seem to get it to boot to the CD.

    Being VERY new to Mac, Is there a setting on the BIOS or something that I am missing? Is there a key I need to press during boot to get to the BIOS?
    Thanks for any help on this matter. Sorry for being a major novice. :confused:
     
  9. ddeadserious macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, immediately after hearing the chime, hold C. If that doesn't work, try again, and hold Option and it will take you to a boot list where you can select the CD.
     
  10. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    Just to clarify, that's hold option instead of C, rather than both at once.
     
  11. Jethryn Freyman macrumors 68020

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    Start in single user mode (hold Apple + S on startup.)

    Follow any instructions that appear on screen.

    Type srm -rvs /

    Hit return.

    That command will overwrite every file on the hard disk. It won't erase already deleted files, however.
     
  12. timeflyer macrumors newbie

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    What if the computer no longer works?

    How do I erase the hard drive if the computer won't turn on?
     
  13. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    What does that mean? Nothing happens when you press the power button?
     

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