Selling PowerBook 17" 1.67ghz Need instructions on how to wipe HD

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Advance The Man, Mar 17, 2011.

  1. Advance The Man, Mar 17, 2011
    Last edited: Mar 20, 2011

    Advance The Man macrumors 6502

    Apr 6, 2005

    It was purchased April 2005 and installed with Mac OS 9. It currently has 10.411.

    I have 3 discs.
    1)Mac OS 9 Install Disc
    2)PowerBook G4 Mac OS X Install Disc
    3)Mac OS X Tiger Upgrade DVD

    How do I use these to bring it to a new user state? What stinks is I said it included iPhoto and other software that was pre-installed. Apple did not include these discs when I purchased the machine new.

    Thanks, please let me know.
  2. jchase2057 macrumors regular

    Dec 6, 2010
    Ilife should be on the grey disc that came from apple as well as os x. Do a clean install from that then upgrade to tiger.
  3. Advance The Man thread starter macrumors 6502

    Apr 6, 2005
    Good to hear iLife is likely on that disc. I do not know how to do a 'clean install'. Does this delete all my data off the hard drive? That's my goal.
  4. AdrianK macrumors 68020

    Feb 19, 2011
    To wipe your data and reinstall OS X: (this is what you'll want to do, so it's set up as if the new owner was buying a brand new mac)

    Insert the OS X install disc
    boot your mac while holding C
    Go to utilities > Disk utility
    Select your hard disk in the top left
    go to the erase tab
    choose Mac OS X Extended (Journalled) and any name you want ("Macintosh HD" is probably preferable)
    security options > Zero out data (only if you're paranoid about the new owner being able to recover your data, if not don't bother)
    then continue the install process
  5. Advance The Man thread starter macrumors 6502

    Apr 6, 2005
    I dont have the option to go to Utilities. It goes right into OSX install. Should I continue the Mac OSX setup?
  6. 666sheep macrumors 68040


    Dec 7, 2009
    Choose Utilities from menu bar when it will appear. You'll find Disk Utility there.
  7. Advance The Man thread starter macrumors 6502

    Apr 6, 2005

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