Wipe computer w/out OSX discs?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by vwfloydmac, Jun 25, 2012.

  1. vwfloydmac macrumors newbie

    Jun 4, 2012
    Brooklyn, NY
    I recently sold my MacBook Pro (2006) and the person I sold it to is having trouble wiping it. The computer came with Tiger but I've apparently misplaced my start discs and she believes it's impossible to wipe the HD if you don't use the original discs.

    My questions:
    1. Is it possible to wipe without the original OS discs?
    2. If not, can I use someone else's OSX Tiger discs or would they have to be the exact ones that came with the computer?
    3. If I can't find the discs at the end of the day and I can't use someone else's, what suggestions might you offer for rectifying the problem?
    Thank you!
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    First, it's always a good idea to include the install discs when selling a Mac, as the new user will likely need them. I would never buy a Mac without the install discs being included. You can order replacement discs for your model by calling Apple (800-767-2775 in the US).

    As for preparing for sale:

  3. mulo macrumors 68020


    Aug 22, 2010
    Behind you
  4. BrianBaughn macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2011
    Baltimore, Maryland
    Yes, you can erase the disk with a generic installation disk. Generic Tiger, Leopard or Snow Leopard.

    You could probably erase the drive with a "Live" CD of some linux variety.

    You can get a Snow Leopard disk for $29 at the Apple Store. Problem solved for $29 + time and effort!

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