Sending Macbook Pro in... Reformat???

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by wayland1985, Aug 15, 2008.

  1. wayland1985 macrumors 6502

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    Hello all,

    I'm sending my macbook pro in for repair (Sound card and overheating). Do you think I'll need to reformat my HD before sending it in? I have numerous phone numbers, my email accounts, iChat friends etc etc that I don't feel like having tampered with. Should I be worried about sending it out to apple? Or should it be fine as is??? :confused:
     
  2. greenmymac macrumors 6502a

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    To be safe I would.... besides I think apple reformats the Hard drive when they get it anyways
     
  3. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

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    It more than likely won't get tampered with:

    Then again, anything less than 3 zero writes probably won't be able to keep them out (boot into disk utility)

    If your really sensitive about it then do what I've described and do a fresh install. They will need to log into your machine anyway, and if you want it back within a reasonable amount of time, let them get it out of the queue as soon as possible.
     
  4. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Well if you're worried about sensitive data, I would perform a Time Machine back up, then 3x Wipe the drive and reinstall the OS. When you get back, restore from Time Machine.

    I just ripped out the drive and put another one in for the repair.
     
  5. nephilim7 macrumors regular

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    yeah what he said.

    I backup then secure wipe, then install the default OS.
     
  6. hitnrun7 Guest

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    i'd do way more than three times wipe... i have some very sensitive data on my MBP (not exactly mart i know, as its a laptop...).
     
  7. darwinian macrumors 6502a

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    I never ever relinquish control of my computer without backing up all my data to an external and wiping the drive clean, usually with the 1-pass zero writing and reinstalling the OS and updates. This does a couple of things: it helps to establish a hardware/software problem's reproducibility under clean conditions and it gives me total peace of mind that my data is not in the wrong or curious hands.
     

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