View Full Version : Wiping HD of old iMac with OS9 ...

01-17-2010, 04:41 PM
I have an old iMac with OS9 and know of someone who could use it for word processing. He doesn't need or want an Internet connection. I'd like to give it to him but need to ensure that the HD is wiped clean.

Comments appreciated ...


Collin Bl
01-17-2010, 06:04 PM
Do you mean that if you just erase the Disk he might get a recovery App to try and reconstruct your data?

01-17-2010, 06:18 PM
Yes, I would like to corrupt the data ... anyway, do more than just put it into trash and empty. I trust the person in question but who knows what might happen when he disposes of it.


01-17-2010, 06:25 PM
in disk utility you can trash stuff, and select erase free space afterwards

01-18-2010, 02:16 PM
Do you still have the OS 9 install disks. I believe the application you will use is disk first aid. You can use this to wipe the disk clean and install a fresh image of OS 9.

01-18-2010, 05:17 PM
Thanks for the replies ... yes, I still have the original system disks and will do as you suggest.

Renewed thanks ...


Mac SK
01-18-2010, 10:51 PM
Please dont give the guy the machine with a clean drive and
no disc as he will never get it going again.

01-19-2010, 05:54 PM
OK ... I would reinstall OS 9 and give him the disks. I just can't bear to throw the iMac away. But there's no room in the house!