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

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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?
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seriously how do you mean
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That depends. Which Mac model are you erasing?

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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.

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



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well i need to completly erase all data on my mac
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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.

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