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Mr. X 02-18-2012 01:18 PM

Erasing a Mac system
 
i want to erase my mac to put it on ebay but by disk utility, the 2 options (security options and the option erase) are blank so i can't click on it.
what do i do?

Dysfunction 02-18-2012 01:19 PM

Boot off the original media, and go to disk utility there. I don't think it'll let you erase an active partition

Mr. X 02-18-2012 01:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dysfunction (Post 1371337)
Boot off the original media, and go to disk utility there. I don't think it'll let you erase an active partition

how do you mean?

Mr. X 02-18-2012 01:53 PM

seriously how do you mean

Slydude 02-18-2012 02:04 PM

That depends. Which Mac model are you erasing?

Mr. X 02-18-2012 02:45 PM

Macbook Pro with Mac OS X Lion V. 10.7.2

rman 02-18-2012 03:27 PM

I believe you can boot off of the recovery partition and then use the disk utility to erase the disk. Reboot you system and hold down the option key and select the recovery partition.

Dysfunction 02-18-2012 03:34 PM

CMD - R for recovery partition, at least the last time I had to format/reinstall



Apple - OS X Lion Recovery - Introducing Lion Recovery

Mr. X 02-18-2012 04:49 PM

well i need to completly erase all data on my mac

Dysfunction 02-18-2012 04:51 PM

Um yea, you CAN'T do that from the running ACTIVE instance. You NEED to boot from the recovery partition.. or find someone who can do it for you.

Mr. X 02-19-2012 01:44 AM

Thank you guys i erased the harddrive! thank you very much for your time!


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