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hey everyone, im giving my imac g5 to my girlfriend but its got about 5 years of junk in it so its pretty slow. i want to give her a clean slate and wipe it clean not sure how to do that.

help would be nice.

also, i have a mbp 15inch startup disk, from what ive read i cant use that can i?
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sorry if this is supposed to be in software or not ill post there too.
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hey everyone, im giving my imac g5 to my girlfriend but its got about 5 years of junk in it so its pretty slow. i want to give her a clean slate and wipe it clean not sure how to do that.

help would be nice.

also, i have a mbp 15inch startup disk, from what ive read i cant use that can i?
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No, that disk will not work. It is model specific for the MBP. If you don't have an Install Disk for the iMac G5. Have you considered just dragging stuff into the trash? Might take you a while to get rid of all the junk. But it's the cheaper alternative to buying a new install disk.
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ya i have it all in there but a lot of the stuff says its locked so it wont empty anything. and it says it for idk how many files
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You need the original start up OS disc.for that machine or a full retail install disc. Boot from the disc and reformat the drive and reload the OS. If you do this all third party programs will be gone as well as all updates you made over the years..
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ya i have it all in there but a lot of the stuff says its locked so it wont empty anything. and it says it for idk how many files
Really? Hmm... Never heard of that problem before... You are logged in as an admin correct? If so, it may ask you for your password, but should still allow you to delete the files. (Of course unless their important to the system, in which case don't touch it! )
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Please do not cross post! You've already posted this once and received replies. Cross posting causes confusion and clutters the forums. Post once to one forum only. If you think it's in the wrong forum, ask to have it moved but don't post twice.
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ya i have it all in there but a lot of the stuff says its locked so it wont empty anything. and it says it for idk how many files
I have heard of this problem before...

What you need to do is "Force Empty" the Trash. To do this...hold down the "Option" key...then empty the trash normally.

This article explains how to do it as well:

How to Force the Mac Trash Can to Empty

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thanks nick that was the Trick. weirdly simple hahaha.

sorry for the double post mod, i didnt know if this was hardware or software
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