Wipe Mac Mini for sale (w/out display)

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by amnichols10, Jun 11, 2015.

  1. amnichols10 macrumors regular

    May 19, 2008

    I wanted to know if there was a way to erase everything on my mac without needing a display. Like I can hold the power button for a certain amount of time or a combination of something that I can do. Thanks for reading and all help is welcome.
  2. jbarley macrumors 68040


    Jul 1, 2006
    Vancouver Island
    This just might help, iDisplay, lets you use an iphone, ipad or Android device as a display.
  3. cyclingplatypus macrumors 65816


    Mar 15, 2007
  4. DavidDoyle, Jun 12, 2015
    Last edited: Jun 12, 2015

    DavidDoyle macrumors member

    Dec 11, 2013
    Do you have another machine, Firewire/Thunderbolt available? I could see two options:

    1) Networked using Ethernet/Wifi/Thunderbolt - use a second machine to remote display onto the Mac Mini (Finder - Share Screen) then wipe the disk(s)/free space that way

    2) If you have a keyboard and Thunderbolt/Firewire cable available - start the Mac Mini in Target Mode by holding 't' when starting up. Connect the Mac Mini using firewire/thunderbolt to another machine and it will appear as a disk. Erase/Wipe as per any other drive.

    Target Disk Mode : https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT201462
  5. Dark Void macrumors 68030

    Dark Void

    Jun 1, 2011
    It would require another computer, in this case a laptop since the lack of a display, but you could always remove the HDD in the Mini and install it into an external enclosure and erase it using disk utility on the laptop. You could possibly borrow a friend or relative's computer.

    I realize that if you don't have a monitor laying around, it is less likely to have an external enclosure lying around. But, if it can wait a few days, one can be had online for around $5.
  6. grcar Suspended


    Sep 28, 2014
    Make an appointment with the genius bar of your local Apple store. You must make appointments on line. Bring the machine in. Tell them you want to check the hardware, erase the disk, and a fresh install of a new operating system. You do not need a display. Apple does this for free.
  7. ActionableMango macrumors G3


    Sep 21, 2010
    I had no idea. Good to know!
  8. fhall1 macrumors 68040


    Dec 18, 2007
    (Central) NY State of mind
    Not saying they don't - but I find it hard to believe Apple would do this for any Mac that's out of warranty. I'd call to verify before making (in my case) an hour long drive to the closest Apple Store.

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