Wipe 2007 imac for resale w/o working optical drive?

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  1. sorbonny macrumors newbie

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    I've found instructions re wiping an imac for resale, but all I've seen call for the startup discs. I think I've got the disc somewhere, but the optical drive hasn't worked for years.

    Can anyone tell me or point me toward a way of wiping the imac clean without the disc? Thanks
     
  2. firedept macrumors 603

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    Buy a cheap external drive. Can be had on Amazon or Best Buy. Then you can keep it or send it with when you sell.
     
  3. Nin3teen macrumors member

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  5. sorbonny thread starter macrumors newbie

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  6. sorbonny thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Just a thought - I'm selling this in-family so I'm not especially worried - is there some measure short of a total wipe that might be OK, or is this the way to go no matter who you're passing the computer on to?
     
  7. Consultant macrumors G5

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    If you got another Mac with optical drive, you can use target disk mode to use it as external dvd drive.
     
  8. johncon macrumors newbie

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    It's just Mountain Lion and beyond that that model will not run. I'm running Lion just fine on my Late 2006 iMac.
     
  9. Nin3teen macrumors member

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    Then it's easy to do. I've used this app many times before for Lion and Mountain Lion. Easily walks you through how to make a USB boot disk.
    All you need is to download the app, and have a blank, 8GB thumb drive handy.

    http://liondiskmaker.com
     

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