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How to clear HD before recycling on a dead imac G4


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