Wiping the HD

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Kristofer, Apr 29, 2009.

  1. Kristofer macrumors member

    May 17, 2007

    I have tried to follow directions to wipe my Macbook clean, but the "erase" options in disc utility are greyed out. I want to sell my macbook but obviously not with my stuff still on it. How can I get rid of everything and start over?

    I tried putting my OSX disc in but I get a message saying it can't install on this mac. I guess maybe the machine is outdated?? Right now I'm running version 10.4.11 but the one I have on my newer mac is 10.5.4... I don't have any other macosx discs. Why won't 10.5.4 install on this one?

    thanks for any and all help.
  2. Sky Blue Guest

    Sky Blue

    Jan 8, 2005
    You can't erase the drive whilst you're booted from it, obviously. You'll need to boot from the original OS X discs that came with the computer or a retail 10.5 disc.
  3. Kristofer thread starter macrumors member

    May 17, 2007
    good point.

    i don't have any other osx disc aside from 10.5...so if i boot from that (even though I can't install it), can I still access disc utility through 10.5 in order to erase the HD?

    Then what? I can't install 10.5 on here so it will just have no operating system?
  4. upaymeifixit macrumors 6502a


    Feb 13, 2009
    Do you have another mac?

    If you have another Mac you might be able to wipe the drive using "target disc mode" from your other mac. But yes, you would be selling a laptop without an OS installed.

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