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    Oct 08, 2009
    How do I wipe my G4's Hard Drive?
    I want to wipe my powerbook G4 15" (1.1) before I give it to someone but I'm not sure how. I don't have any of the discs that came with it unfortunately as it's a long time ago I bought it. I do have a Mac OS X install DVD (version 10.5.6) and the applications install DVD which I got with my new macbook.

    Any help would be much appreciated.

    thanks in advance

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    Dec 20, 2006
    Lake Mary, Florida
    15" MBP, Core i7/2GHz, 8GB RAM, 480GB Crucial M500 SSD
    Unfortunately, those other discs are Intel-only, so no luck there.

    Probably the least expensive way to do it would be to find and burn a Linux live disc that is compiled for PPC. Boot off the disc and then use one of the disk utilities that comes with most Linux distros (can't think of the name off the top of my head) and format the drive.

    EDIT: Here's a link for a PPC compile of Ubuntu that should be appropriate for you.
    Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!

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    Jun 11, 2009
    MacBook Pro 500GB hard drive 4GB ram PowerMac G5 Dual 2.2GHz Mirrored 500GB HDD, Mac Mini, and more
    It depends on how securely you want to wipe your stuff... a fresh install is always best format and reinstall..

    But if you are not worried about someone using sophisticated tools to go after your data .. you can create a new admin user name it User log in with that and delete your user not keeping files .. and search around the hard drive to make sure it got every thing..

    the only thing that should be left is the name of the computer and your name on programs that you have registered..

    Hope that helps a little bit.
    Ce's GeekBook PC guru wana Be turned Mac geek

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