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    that_guy's Avatar
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    Jan 05, 2009
    Interesting Problem, help needed
    I'm giving an old iMac to my mom. She plans on keeping the current operating system (I can't find the disk to reload Tiger). I, at one point, had certain files that I would not like her to find out about. I deleted them, however, I'm worried that at some point she might take the computer in to get repaired or something and the files will be brought to light. Is that even possible first of all? Secondly, is there anything I can do to prevent that from happening?

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    CrimsonRequiem's Avatar
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    Jul 24, 2008
    MBP 2.3 Ghz 4GB RAM 860 GB SSD, iMac 3.4 GHz Intel Core i7 32GB RAM, Fusion Drive 1TB
    That will only happen if they start using data recovery software. >_>"

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    Member Since
    Dec 22, 2006
    Texas, where else?
    15" MBP '06 2.33 C2D 4GB 10.7; 13" MBA '14 1.8 i7 8GB 10.11; 21" iMac '13 2.9 i5 8GB 10.11; 6S
    Disk Utitlity

    Select your startup drive in the left pane

    Select 'Erase' on the right side and then select 'Erase Free Space'
    There are several options, the first should be good enough.
    It could take several hours depending on how much free space you have.

    Would advise against using your computer while this is being done. Just let it sit. And read the warnings here.
    I cannot be held responsible for the things that come out of my mouth.
    In the Windows world, most everything folks don't understand is called a virus.

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