Selling my Mac Pro G5 and want to make sure all of my personal date & others deleted

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Marissa Gamble, Feb 4, 2011.

  1. Marissa Gamble macrumors newbie

    Jan 29, 2011
    I am selling my Mac Pro G5. I don't have the install Mac OS X disc at ALL. In the terminal when i restarted the mac i entered : mount -uw /
    rm /var/db/.AppleSetupDone
    shutdown -h now

    I did this cause I forgot my admin username and password. It did the whole registration and did the last option to not transfer my folders.. Now will this not have my information or do I still need to do a 0 or 7 secure erase pass? Cause I did this yesterday and said startup disk is full? but how can that be I have about 21.4 GB used.Also HOW do I erase my account username and password for the new person taking my Mac? I want them to have all the basic general programs that come with the Mac which I am doing. Please answer all my questions.. THANKS
  2. philipma1957, Feb 4, 2011
    Last edited: Feb 4, 2011

    philipma1957 macrumors 603


    Apr 13, 2010
    Howell, New Jersey
  3. Marissa Gamble thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 29, 2011
    Can I just do a 7 erase secure pass?

    Can I just do a 7 secure erase pass and wouldn't l be fine? Isn't it that simple? I researched and some people said it should be ok. I don't have the Mac OS X install disc at all and I already told the person of what basic programs getting that formerly was on Mac.. I am not getting a hard drive..
  4. philipma1957 macrumors 603


    Apr 13, 2010
    Howell, New Jersey
    how do you want to do the 7 pass erase?

    you don't have a install disc.

    you have a machine with out osx and you can't boot.

    or you can still boot the disc. one or the other.

    if you boot the disc you can't erase it.

    mac osx will not erase the operating disc if its the only disc.

    in order for the computer to run 7 pass erase it needs an osx
  5. goMac macrumors 603

    Apr 15, 2004
    The only way to do what you need is to have the original Mac OS X disks, erase from those disks, and reinstall.
  6. 300D macrumors 65816


    May 2, 2009
    Remove and destroy the hard drive.
  7. jenzjen macrumors 68000

    Aug 20, 2010
    Call Apple and pay the ~$20 to get them to ship you the install discs.
  8. Porco macrumors 68030


    Mar 28, 2005
    I think a new HD is the best idea all round, but you've ruled that out.

    If it was just wiping it, then if you have another computer with firewire (and a FW lead to connect them) I think you could wipe the disc using Firewire target disc mode (boot the G5 whilst holding down the 'T' key).

    Regardless, you'd still need to reinstall the OS somehow though, so I think you really need the right install discs, especially if you want iLife etc included.
  9. walshlink macrumors regular

    Oct 21, 2007
  10. hwojtek macrumors 65816


    Jan 26, 2008
    Poznan, Poland
    This troll has asked this question (answered at least 3 times) for at least 4 times now. Do not feed it.
  11. Glen Quagmire macrumors 6502a

    Jan 6, 2006
    Don't sell it! A Mac Pro G5 is a rare beast indeed. In fact, you probably have the only one in the entire world. It is worth at least $100000.
  12. goMac macrumors 603

    Apr 15, 2004
    Yeah, it's the basically asking something that is impossible and not being happy with the answers you get.

    You can't keep apps, securely erase the drive, and certainly do it without install disks.
  13. ActionableMango macrumors G3


    Sep 21, 2010
    Your questions are nonsensical. You cannot magically do a secure wipe without also wiping the apps. You have to do a secure wipe and then reinstall the apps.

    If you don't have the discs, the simplest way to do this is to buy a used retail copy of OS X, Leopard perhaps, for cheap. Boot the Leopard install disc, click Disk Utility, and do your 7-pass erase on the hard drive.

    Once that's done, install Leopard.

    I don't understand why you are so resistant to get the discs. Worst case just resell them to recoup your money back. We're talking about a few dollars here.
  14. MacHamster68, Feb 7, 2011
    Last edited: Feb 7, 2011

    MacHamster68 macrumors 68040


    Sep 17, 2009
    again someone who bought a PowerMac g5 of ebay from someone who bought it originally and spend thousands on apps and left them on the Mac
    now he want obvious sell the PowerMac for the value of the included apps
    to get a real MacPro for the cash
    you see that all the time on ebay and Mac's , its common practice to sell a Mac with newer version of OSX and ilife ,but no disc and sold with thousands of pounds worth of software ,but neither a single disc for them or product key and then expecting 3 times the actual value of the Mac , often they even use apps sourced in torrents to up the value of their Mac and still there are people who actually bid on these like mad fully aware that its actually illegal to have software without having payed or having a license for it (exeption freeware)

    ok its only my opinion , but i am convinced that at least some developers will agree , its hard work to make a good app , and for me its worth paying for a app that actually works ,i even donate for freeware if i am happy with it as i think even developers who build some freeware app deserve something show them ..well done and its worth to continue, sure they dont earn a fortune , some hardly make a living from it , others do it just for fun , but i think everybody who develops a app finds it nice if someone gives a little , just to say thank you and encourage those to carry on creating good apps
    and if less people would think its ok to use torrents/or buy Mac's with illegally obtained apps , then even the main apps like final cut could drop in price too
  15. philipma1957 macrumors 603


    Apr 13, 2010
    Howell, New Jersey
    I would have to think your guess makes sense but if the person was clever enough to buy 2k in bootleg software they should not have to bother us to do a clone or two with superduper.
    I think it is a troll if you asked me to vote 65% troll 30% bootleg software. 5% a complete newcomer to mac.

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