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Confidentiality of hard disk when repairing iMacG5?

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cesarpixel Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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Nov 4, 2012 9:02 AM

Hi, I've big trouble with my iMac G5. Dark screen. Followed all advices, resetted PRAM, everything runs as expected except there's no display. Also all capacitors look in perfect condition, so I think it's not the famous capacitors issue. After following the checklist at http://support.apple.com/kb/ts2094 the conclusion is that the LED 3 won't lit, so the logic board needs to be replaced.

 

Now, another problem is that I develop software, and this hard disk has confidential source code. How can I send this machine for repair and, at the same time, not disclosing my source code?

 

Thanks a lot!

iMac, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • WZZZ Level 6 Level 6 (11,880 points)

    Just zero it out from Disk Utility>Security Options. You'll need to be booted from a clone or the install DVD to do this. One pass zero will be more than sufficient. But make sure you have a completely reliable clone or TM on an external drive before doing this. You would reverse clone back to the internal when you get the G5 back, or restore from TM.

     

    Or you can move all your sensitive data into an encrypted disk image first, then delete it from its original location.

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1578

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1578

  • WZZZ Level 6 Level 6 (11,880 points)

    I think you will just have to relax and assume they won't be interested in scouring your files. It's not like they don't have other things to do. Very small chance they will even bother to see your work. It's precious to you, but not to them.

     

    Not saying this is at all likely, but if anything they'd probably be much more interested in lifting your iTunes music, if you have any.

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