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    How to clear HD before recycling on a dead imac G4

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    How to clear HD before recycling on a dead imac G4
    My old desktop imac G4 bit the dust a few weeks back. Want to take it to be recycled. But I want to clear the HD to remove all info, docs etc, before I do this. How is this done? The other, main, problem is that the computer HD is totally fried. When I turn it on, I only get the spinning wheel or get a blank blue screen. I cannot get into the system to do anything. Is there a risk of someone else getting the info on my HD if I give it as is? Or is there a way to clear the HD without being able to start a session? All of my docs, software, etc, were backed up on external HD, so I do not need to recover anything. Just want to know if it is ok to hand over as is, or what is best to do?
    Thanks in advance for any advice.
    Cheers!

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    How to clear HD before recycling on a dead imac G4
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    I'd say you have a couple of options - pull the HDD out before sending the iMac off - which is what I do with all of my computers - then you can either destroy it physically or erase it - if the HDD is still functional.

    Otherwise about the only thing I can think of is get a strong neodymium magnet and attempt to degauss the HDD. Maybe this one K&J Magnetics - Products Just don't hurt yourself with it.

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    How to clear HD before recycling on a dead imac G4

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    thanks for the reply. if I can yank the HDD out then I will do that. I know how to take the back off... but is the HDD hard to locate and remover?

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    I can't imagine that it's hard to locate - whether or not it's hard to remove I don't know - I've never tried but wouldn't think so either. Since you're "recycling" the iMac - you don't have to worry about removing it gently.

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    How to clear HD before recycling on a dead imac G4

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    located the HDD and removed it. thought my computer was a G4, but it is the first G5 model. Does not matter now.
    thanks a lot for your help!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by redbowlparis View Post
    located the HDD and removed it. thought my computer was a G4, but it is the first G5 model. Does not matter now.
    thanks a lot for your help!!!
    Wow, there's a BIG difference between looks and hardware regarding the G4 and G5. At least you were able to remove the HD.

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    How to clear HD before recycling on a dead imac G4

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    did it with the help of the internet. looked up info on various sites. never took time to thing what a HDD was or looked like. they seem to all look similar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redbowlparis View Post
    did it with the help of the internet. looked up info on various sites. never took time to thing what a HDD was or looked like. they seem to all look similar.
    I'm talking about the computers themselves.

    iMac G4:

    iMac G5:

    Pretty big difference IMO

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    yes, indeed...you were. I was working our my OWN memory when I made my post. As I could not log on to the get to 'about this mac' to confirm model. Got my models confused. Did not verify first. Thanks

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    Glad you got it sorted. I still think it would have been fun to have a good excuse to buy one of those magnets.

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    I would have if I could get one easily.

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