What to do before selling my mac?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by amoda, Jun 7, 2007.

  1. amoda macrumors 6502a

    Aug 9, 2006

    Well with the new mbps out i've decided to sell my 1.83 CD and upgrade. Now before I do that I'm wondering what steps before doing so should I take? I've reformated the laptop and installed all the basic software the buyer will need, so that's taken care of. What I'm worried about is how to stop them from using one of those applications that undelete files. Is reformating by it self safe enough? I had a lot of bank info and what not that really shouldn't fall into the hands of someone I don't know.

    Am I just being paranoid?!
  2. Satch macrumors newbie

    Jan 21, 2007
    The Netherlands
  3. devilot Moderator emeritus


    May 1, 2005
    Instead of just re-formating the HD, a lot of folks will recommend that you zero out the HD. To do so fire up Disk Utility> select your volume> "Erase" tab> click on the "Erase Free Space..." button

    Then you get a creepy pop-up window with a few options, the "safe" and not crazy intensive (but still takes quite a few hours) option is the 7-Pass.

    :) Hope that helps.

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  4. amoda thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Aug 9, 2006
    Thank you both! Exactly the kind of thing I was looking for!

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