HT3728: Resetting an AirPort base station FAQLearn about Resetting an AirPort base station FAQ
Currently Being ModeratedMar 14, 2013 4:04 AM (in response to Oldwombat)
They are entirely different things.. You factory reset to remove router and name settings..
You erase the hard disk in the airport utility to delete the old data.
Be warned any more than a quick erase takes several hours.
Click the erase and you will see the options
Click the security method.
Zero out data is a full low level format.. takes several hours per TB.
A 35 pass erase will take about a month.. if you actually have the ICBM launch codes stored in the TC, put an axe through it.. otherwise a single pass is all any sane person will use.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 14, 2013 4:22 AM (in response to Oldwombat)
Yes, the router side is fine.. quick erase takes like 1-2min.. it just deletes the file table.
That is enough unless it is giving you disk issues. The only fix to that is usually a new TC or disk inside it.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 14, 2013 12:45 PM (in response to Oldwombat)
Why are you trying to erase and reset at the same time.. obviously you cannot do that, as the TC required to reboot.. if you are doing a one pass erase wait until that is finished.
If you want to reset and erase.. do the reset first then the erase..
Currently Being ModeratedMar 25, 2013 3:16 AM (in response to LaPastenague)
We because I am not very clever. But all your advice has ben grate and I am now a hppy camper. Rest the router as directed the erased all the data - took 4 hours overnight. Ian now i am vlear. many thanks for all your help.