5 Replies Latest reply: Nov 13, 2012 6:14 PM by BDAqua
ChrisH_MD Level 1 Level 1

I am attempting to wipe 200+ Mac's (both Intel and PowerPC based). Is there a more time efficient way of doing it besides booting it into target disk mode and using the disk utility on another to wipe the drive?

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10

    Only thing I can think of is if you had Install Discs for them all, or a bootable OS on several external drives.

  • rkaufmann87 Level 9 Level 9

    You could write a script to do it for each, this will automate the process. Use AppleScript to develop it. Then all you need to do is load and execute the script on each computer.

  • ChrisH_MD Level 1 Level 1

    Do you guys know if it is possible to plug a machine that's booted into target disk mode into another machine that is booted in target disk mode that's connected to a computer that is running normally and view both HDD's as external? Or does it only work from one level?


    Also for the script, would the machines have to be on and logged into the root user account? or would I be able to run it without having to boot into the OS?

  • JShimazaki Level 2 Level 2

    Unfortunately, you can not format a drive using Apple Script because Disk Utility is not scriptable. I would use a Macbook pro or Air model and connect it to the iMac using firewire cable and boot in target disk mode to wipe out the drive. That's probably the easiest way to do it.  OR as rkaufmann87 suggested have the OS discs or on a flashdrive and boot from that and format the drives.

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10

    Just ine at a time.