Wiping internal HDD of Mac mini, and restoring files

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Shamus, Jan 21, 2009.

  1. Shamus macrumors 6502a


    Feb 26, 2006
    Hello all,
    I have a Mac mini 1.66ghz Core Duo, and I today bought a new 250GB HDD to replace the 60GB one inside. I also bought Leopard to install onto it.

    I have an external 320GB HDD that has about 200GB filled. I have copied the documents/photos etc from my internal drive to my external drive, so everything I want to keep is on the external.

    Now I want to do two things:
    1. Format the new internal HDD so that I can install Leopard
    2. Wipe the old internal HDD so that I can re-sell it.

    Can anyone suggest the best way of doing this?
  2. Watabou macrumors 68040


    Feb 10, 2008
    United States
    1. My guess is, just put the Leopard DVD in and select "Erase and Install". It will format it for you along the way.

    2. You use Disk Utility to do it. Here is how: Link
  3. Shamus thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Feb 26, 2006
    Hi thankyou for the reply, I ended up figuring it out. My problem was that I didnt realise you could access Disk Utility without Leopard actually being installed on the drive

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