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Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by khoward1972, Apr 13, 2010.
i am sending back my new mbp for the new one. how do i wipe the hard drive and back up my itunes?
Carbon Copy Cloner, Super Duper or Time Machine for backup.
OSX Disk Utility for wipe.
not sure how to use disk utility can someone please give me some pointers.
Type "rm -rf /"
I'm pretty sure that's the wipe command. You'll want to backup iTunes BEFORE you do that. Just clarifying to avoid possible disaster as it may not be immediately obvious.
1) Take the OS X Installation DVD when your computer is on, and restart.
2) While restarting, hold the 'C' key until you see the gears.
3) After a few minutes, you will see a prompt asking you choose a language.
4) When you get the the installation display where it asks you to choose the drive, go to the top menu bar and choose: 'Tools' > 'Disk Utility'
5) Follow these the instructions below* on zeroing out your internal drive. This can take half an hour to a few hours.
6) When it's done, there is no confirmation, but you will know because the progress bar will be gone.
7) At this point, you can close Disk Utility.
8) Continue installation.
9) When it is done, it will prompt you to restart the machine.
10) During the boot, hold the 'Option' key. You will get a boot menu that shows your internal drive and the DVD you inserted. Eject the disk you inserted and press the power button to shut off the machine.
*Zero-out your drive
Choose the partition you're zeroing-out and then choose the erase tab:
Choose 'Security Options
You will presented with this; choose 'Zero Out Data'; the other options are don't really have any proven advantage and only take a lot longer:
Pick a name
'Macintosh HD' is the default; you will notice it says 'Zero Out Data selected':
Click 'Erase' and it will start and show a progress bar:
When it's done, the is no confirmation, just will show minimal space used:
When this completed, go back to #6.
Note: For the purposes of my demonstration, there are multiple drives on the left because I have a Mac Pro; you may only have on drive on the left, so be sure to choose the HDD partition that you wish to erase. Also the erase was fast because the partition I created for this demonstration was very small. Your erase will take a lot longer.
That also erases only your home folder and all data is recoverable with the right software.