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  1. #1

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    Jun 21, 2008
    how do i completely clear my harddrive?
    i want to completely wipe out my harddrive, how do i do it?

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    Dec 03, 2006
    Irvine, CA
    Black Macbook C2D 2GHz 3GB RAM 250GB HD iPhone 4 iPad 3G
    Pop in your restore discs, hold C as you reboot, and after you select your language in the setup, find Disk Utility at the top menubar. Select your hard drive and hit Format

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  3. #3

    Member Since
    Jan 31, 2008
    When you say "wipe out" your hard drive, do you just want to reuse the hard drive, or do you want to erase your data so completely that nobody can ever read it again (like you're going to sell the notebook to somebody else)? If it's the second option, then reformatting won't be nearly enough. You want to nuke it instead. There are a number of programs that do that, like this one: Let us know.
    iMac G3
    600 MHz
    OS 10.3.9

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    Dodger's Avatar
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    Jul 04, 2007
    Victoria, BC, Canada
    MacBook white, 2.0 GHz, Intel Core 2 Duo, 80G HDD, 1G RAM
    yeah simply formatting it and then leaving it in someone else's hands can be very dangerous... make sure you do a thorough job, and good luck!
    "Have a strong base, a witty mind, and a heart that is open but in no way hungry."

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    Mar 11, 2008
    iMac 24" 2.4GHz 2GB RAM 320GB HD
    I believe Disk Utility offers multiple options for Erasing the HD., and I'm sure you can do it twice or three times just to be sure.

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    Jun 17, 2006
    MacBook Pro 2.2ghz, 3GB, 250GB - 16GB White iPhone 3G - 2nd Gen 1GB Shuffle
    When erasing the disk using the disk Utlity on the OS X install DVDs you can do whats called a Secure Erase which writes 0/1 all over the disk, 1, or 3 or I think more. 3 Passes should be more then enough unless you have sensitive classified info on it.

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