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    MacMania55's Avatar
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    selling my ibook need help
    Hello I am going to show someone my iBook and he is most likely going to purchase it. I would like to back up all my documents and settings. Is there an easy way to do this in mac osX? I will be buying another mac. Or do I have to just burn everything seperately? Also what is the best way to erase everything completly? Fresh install i know can do that but is there a better way or program to completly wipe drive?

    Thanks For All Your Help!
    MacMania55

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    If you have .Mac, you can use backup. In thoery it will do exactly what you need, but I have had issues with it not restoring my data properly from the backup discs it makes.

    To completely clear the drive, I would boot from the OS X disc, go to Disk Utility. Once there go select your main drive, go to the erase tab, click security options and select the 7 pass or 35? pass option, then erase it.

    The 35 pass option will take awhile, I bet the 7 will be more than enough, unless you work for the CIA...

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    MacMania55's Avatar
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    20" iMac 2.16 ghz. 1 gb ram. 250 GB HDD. Screamer! 2gb ipod nano. 17 in powerbook G4 1.67/1 Gb/120gb
    Haha no I dont work for the CIA, thank you for your help that is very good info. I just now need away to backup I dont have .mac
    MacMania55

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    20" iMac 2.16 ghz. 1 gb ram. 250 GB HDD. Screamer! 2gb ipod nano. 17 in powerbook G4 1.67/1 Gb/120gb
    bumpsky I really need a good way Help please!!
    MacMania55

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    i dont have no mac's
    search the forums for backup programs, there are many suggestions out there.

    i use carboncopycloner when i backup up stuff.

    when i sold my external hard drive not so long ago i believed i used the 15-pass, but i didnt have anything too sensitive on that drive. if i were selling my computer as a whole i would take the 2 or 3 days that it would take to run to write it 35 times
    -chris
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