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How do I wipe my hard drive on my ibook G4?

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How do I wipe my hard drive clean on my ibook G4?

iBook, Mac OS X (10.4.1)
  • Allan Eckert Level 8 Level 8 (39,345 points)
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    Sep 3, 2011 7:16 AM (in response to DrTar)

    Boot from install DVD for Mac.

     

    After selection of language, start Disk Utility.

     

    Erase disk.

     

    Allan

  • Jim Vance Level 3 Level 3 (565 points)
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    Sep 3, 2011 7:21 AM (in response to DrTar)

    Use the CD or DVD that came with your Mac, and start up (boot) your Mac from that disk. To do so, insert the disk and give the restart command. Then, hold down the C key until the restart process is well under way; this should cause your Mac to start up from the disk you inserted, rather than from the operating system on your Mac's hard drive.

     

    You will see steps that lead you toward an installation (or a re-installation) of the operating system.

     

    However, at one point, there will appear menus. Look for a command under one of the menus that reads "Disk Utility" or some such. Choose that. The disk utility program will open, and from there you should be able to select your Mac's internal hard drive and erase it. In fact, there are likely to be security choices for you -- choices that entail actually erasing (or over-writing) the data on your hard drive.

     

    Post back if this does not work as described.

  • ShaferRI Calculating status...
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    Nov 30, 2012 8:36 AM (in response to Jim Vance)

    Worked for us so we can recycle IBOOK.  Thanks Jim.

  • William Tyler Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 13, 2014 10:18 AM (in response to Jim Vance)

    Great, thank-you for easy to follow instructions.  Worked like a charm.

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