Selling My PowerMac G4

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by xela24678, Mar 18, 2011.

  1. xela24678 macrumors regular

    Mar 1, 2010

    Like the title says I am selling my PowerMac G4. But I have a bunch of files that have my personal information. Is there anyway that I can delete all the files at once but keep the necessary files to actually use the computer like the software. Please let me know as soon as possible because I plan on selling it tomorrow. Thanks
  2. dimme macrumors 65816

    Feb 14, 2007
    SF, CA
    I would do a clean install. Better to spend the time and be safe.
  3. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    Either create a new admin user, then log into that user and delete your old account via Finder, including emptying the Trash (can be done SECURELY) and then use Disk Utility and its ERASE FREE SPACE button to overwrite all the deleted data.
    Or reinstall Mac OS X and use Disk Utility to wipe the HDD before you install Mac OS X. Depending on the size it may only take an hour.

    Guide on how to use Disk Utility from the restore / installation DVD.
    Format Your Hard Drive Using Disk Utility
    Partition Your Hard Drive With Disk Utility
    DiskWiping – One Pass is Enough

    That does not delete any data, only overwrites some part of it in order for the new OS to take a seat on the HDD.
  4. xela24678 thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 1, 2010

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