5 Replies Latest reply: Feb 8, 2011 1:43 PM by rkaufmann87
Betsy Woish Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
We're finally getting new iMacs at work and, with no IT department, I need an idiot's how-to guide to A) move files from old to new (do we want to use Migration Asst?) and B) "scrub" old so they can be donated and none of our info can be seen. Some SS #s, financials, etc.

What about re-setting up our network? I seem to recall it was fairly easy years ago and expect the iMacs to be even simpler.

Any other tips or hints would be appreciated.

350 Mhz & 2 400 Mhz G4s, Mac OS X (10.3.x)
  • rkaufmann87 Level 9 Level 9 (50,755 points)
    Follow Pondini's instructions and it should go very smoothly. As with any major upgrade ensure your old machine are well backed up prior to migrating. Here is the link to his instructions:



    http://web.me.com/pondini/AppleTips/SetupAsst.html



    Roger
  • Betsy Woish Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Roger,

    Thanks for the link. That info will make the upgrade easy. Any ideas on our old machines and how to "scrub" them so they can be donated and none of our info can be seen? Some SS #s, financials, etc.

    Thanks again.
  • rkaufmann87 Level 9 Level 9 (50,755 points)
    Thanks for the link. That info will make the upgrade easy. Any ideas on our old machines and how to "scrub" them so they can be donated and none of our info can be seen? Some SS #s, financials, etc.


    Your welcome and thank you for the star.

    That is easy enough, put the original Install DVD that came with the old machine into it's drive. Then restart the machine while holding down the Option button. Shortly it will ask which volume to boot from, choose the Install Disc. Next choose the language, then click the Utilities menu and open Disk Utility. Next choose the internal hard drive on the left pane then click the Erase tab. Click the Security Options and choose Zero Out Data. This is more than adequate unless you have the launch codes for Obama is carrying around. . Click OK, then click Erase and after it's done exit Disk Utility and continue with the Install to do a fresh install of OS X. After it's done you've got a pretty fresh machine and all your information has been securely wiped off.

    Roger
  • Betsy Woish Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Roger,

    Thanks for the 2nd time! These machines are old enough that it's an Install CD I need to locate but your how-to is greatly appreciated.

    From snowy upstate NY, thanks again.

    Betsy
  • rkaufmann87 Level 9 Level 9 (50,755 points)
    Your welcome again, you really should get a replacement Install Disc if you can't find the old one. You can call Apple and for a nominal fee they'l replace them. If you ever sell the machine those make it more valuable and they also have software on them like Apple Hardware Test you can't get anywhere else.