What should I do to my iMac before selling it?

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  1. macswitcha2 macrumors 65816

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    I want to eventually sell my iMac and for security purposes what do I have to do to make sure nothing private of mines is in the computer? In a nutshell, how do you restore the Mac back into it original form?
     
  2. nusynergy macrumors regular

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    Stick in your Restore disks and load up Disk Utility. then format ya disk using the option that writes a 1 to every sector.. Takes AGES to do but will sure wipe it!
     
  3. macswitcha2 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Should I get an external hard drive and back up all my stuff?
     
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  5. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    Pet it and tell it that it is not their fault you're selling it.

    Oh and wipe the hard drive and clean the jizz off the screen.
     
  6. nusynergy macrumors regular

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    Ewwww!
     
  7. Crackman macrumors newbie

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    also, don't forget to "deauthorize computer" in iTunes.
     
  8. QuantumLo0p macrumors 6502a

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    The last computer I sold I was going to delete all paid-for apps, user accounts, music, etc-. After deciding it would take too much time and there was still going to be all sorts of logs strewn about the hard drive, I decided to reformat the drive using seven pass zero writing.
     
  9. Dimwhit macrumors 68000

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    This is what I would do (after backing up my data, of course). It's the easiest and quickest (though you might let the 7-pass zero writing go overnight).
     
  10. macswitcha2 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks for the replies...what is the seven pass zero thing?
     
  11. Dimwhit macrumors 68000

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    In Disk Utility, when you erase a drive, you have the option to pick a security preference. One will write zeroes to the entire drive. The 7-pass option writes zeroes to the whole drive, then repeats it six more times. There's also a 32-pass option (I think it's 32--some absurdly high number, anyway). The later two options are just more secure. Government standards, I believe, is 7 times.
     
  12. Bad Paper macrumors 6502

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    nuke it from orbit

    It's the only way to be sure.


    that, or spray-paint it orange and eBay it as a collector's item
     
  13. Shivetya macrumors 65816

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    Dumb question, but how do I load a new mac from Time Machine?

    Or is there software to move over my stuff through usb/fw?
     
  14. Dimwhit macrumors 68000

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    Put in the Install disk. During part of the install, it gives you the option to transfer a user account from another machine, or from a Time Machine backup.
     
  15. belltree macrumors 6502

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    Nuke it from orbit?
     

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