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I have an old computer I'd like to give to charity, but I need to know the best way to erase my hard drive. Any suggestions?
Generally a hard drives information can pretty much be recovered with the exception of a program that will cause the drive to be unrecoverable. problem is depending on the size of the drive you would need to run the program for up to a week. very thorough but for most cases it's not needed. you would need to remove the drive in any case to run it as a spare drive on another computer to run the program to erase it. my suggestion if the information is very private that it causes you concern is to remove the drive and donate the computer itself. i do use another method which is to open the hard drive and use sandpaper on the internals disk(s). very very effective except the drive can't be used again.
Posted on Jul 13, 2010
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Open the system drive, usually titled "Macintosh HD." Open Applications, then Utilities and double click the "Disk Utility" program to open it. A window will open giving a list of all the drives currently mounted on the computer.
Select the disk that needs to be formatted on the left. It is not possible to format the startup disk unless the system has booted from the Install Disk. It is important to note that formatting the startup disk will permanently erase the data stored on the disk. If you are planning on erasing the startup disk, back up all important files and applications.
Click on the "Erase" tab to the right of the list of drives. The window will now display the options for erasing the hard drive and formatting it to work on the Macintosh computer.
Select the Volume Format from the pop-up list. In most cases it's best to leave it at "Mac OS Extended (Journaled)" as this is the default. This setting is the best option for running Mac OS X. If there are other requirements for the disk, then select the format that best suits your needs. If you have questions about the formats, refer to the Apple user's manual.
Name the hard drive. Type a name for the disk in the field where it asks for the name. This name will always appear when the disk is mounted on a Macintosh computer.
Click the erase button. A window will open asking to verify the erase procedure. Click the erase button in this window to start the process of erasing the disk. Once the process is complete, the drive will appear with the name it was given on the left side of the window with the list of drives and on the desktop of the Macintosh computer.
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