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    Disk Utilities- Erase fonction
    i'm trying to erase the content of my macPro and i was told that using
    Disk Utilities was a good choice. the problem is that when i open it and click
    "Erase" the 'Volume Format' option remains dark grey, not giving me the option to select my hardrive for erase.

    sincerly
    stef./.\

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    Hi there - welcome to the forum!

    You can only erase a boot drive, ie. the one you're trying to erase, from an install disk. If you have the dvds that came with your MacPro, boot from Disk 1 holding down the C key straight after you hear the startup 'bong'.

    Once everything has got going from Disk 1, choose Disk Utility from the File menu, and you can erase your MacPro hard drive from there.

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    you need to start up from your restore disks, Disk Utility cannot erase a disk with an active system on it

    When the install screen comes up after you reboot with the disk in, pressing the C key on start-up, you can select Disk Utility from the menu bar at the top
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    Quote Originally Posted by hughvane View Post
    Hi there - welcome to the forum!

    You can only erase a boot drive, ie. the one you're trying to erase, from an install disk. If you have the dvds that came with your MacPro, boot from Disk 1 holding down the C key straight after you hear the startup 'bong'.

    Once everything has got going from Disk 1, choose Disk Utility from the File menu, and you can erase your MacPro hard drive from there.
    That makes total sense... the one issue i have is that my girlfriend lost the start up CDs of the MacPro so i was thinking of using the ones from the MacPro i use at work...will that create an issue in terms of re-installing OS X?

    stef./.\

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    Quote Originally Posted by louishen View Post
    you need to start up from your restore disks, Disk Utility cannot erase a disk with an active system on it

    When the install screen comes up after you reboot with the disk in, pressing the C key on start-up, you can select Disk Utility from the menu bar at the top
    That makes total sense... the one issue i have is that my girlfriend lost the start up CDs of the MacPro so i was thinking of using the ones from the MacPro i use at work...will that create an issue in terms of re-installing OS X?

    stef./.\

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    Only if they are the same model as system restore discs are model specific. Tell your girlfriend to go and find t hem as they are vitally important, especially if you want to sell the machine at some time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ibopyoubopwebop View Post
    my girlfriend lost the start up CDs of the MacPro so i was thinking of using the ones from the MacPro i use at work...will that create an issue in terms of re-installing OS X?
    If it's the same model of MacPro, you may be in luck. You can but try.

    Restore disks, as mentioned by Louishen, are model-specific, and are usually colored grey. Retail disks for full OS install (and other functions like Erase) are usually colored black.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harryb2448 View Post
    Only if they are the same model as system restore discs are model specific. Tell your girlfriend to go and find t hem as they are vitally important, especially if you want to sell the machine at some time.
    the CDs are gone, as in left in a house in guatemala a year ago....
    Can you buy those disks from Apple?

    stef./.\

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    Thanks for all who responded; i used the install disk from the macPro from
    work and i was able to erase the hardrive with Disk Utility and re-install Mac OSX with the two install disks.

    stef./.\

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