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Old Sep 19th, 2009, 12:06 PM   #1
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How to delete everything off your iMac (PowerPC G5)

Hey Guys.

I have an iMac that I would like to format (if that's the term used that is..)

How do go about formating my iMac? Basically I want to sell my iMac and I want to be sure that I'm selling it without leaving any of my information on the computer... I've already did a backup..

btw, how much do you think I should sell it? 600$ including a bunch of software that I have bought (iwork09 / ilife09 / FCP HD..)

Let me know thanks.
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Old Sep 19th, 2009, 12:10 PM   #2
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I guess what Im trying to say is, is there a restore button somewhere in the menu below where I can just press it and just chill back and watch the iMac restore as a fresh copy?

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Old Sep 19th, 2009, 12:36 PM   #3
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Boot from the OSX DVD
In the Utility menu go into Disk Utility
Choose Erase (optionally, choose Security Options and choose Zero Out Data which will overwrite your data with zeros but takes much longer)
Do an OSX install from the DVD

You probably already know this, but If you plan to sell the software, you must include the CDs/DVDs and the license with it. Otherwise, selling software 'preinstalled' on a drive without CDs and transfer of license is not legal.

The fast and non-reliable totally insecure way is to create a new User with admin privileges, and then delete you own User folder.
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Old Sep 19th, 2009, 03:59 PM   #4
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Arrr, just t' amplify what our good matey Canadaram said, that "Zero Out Data" option will take a Long, Long Time. Like a mightily long time. Hours and hours.

Our store used t' follow his recommendation, but at the end o' the Os X install, we'd let the wench reboot and boot up t' the registration screen, wait for all disk acti'ity t' stop, then power off (hold ye olde power button for 4 seconds). This left the wench in an "as-new" state (will restart the "hello/registration" wizard on boot). Aye.
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I will first answer your topic title "How to delete everything off your iMac (PowerPC G5)"

Answer: No, you can not delete my iMac HD ..... sorry, just had to

Real Answer: Put your install disc in to boot from it and do an Erase/Install and then your done.

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Old Sep 19th, 2009, 04:42 PM   #6
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To zero or not to zero, Yarrr... it depends on your level of paranoia, so it does.. And what you have to hide...
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Old Sep 19th, 2009, 05:14 PM   #7
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Easy quick and reasonably secure. Create new admin account. Trash the old account /Users/"OldAccountName(s)" and then do a "secure empty trash".

Next do a format from the Install Disk, Disk utility. A single partition is fine. Reinstall just the basic OS and as mentioned previously include the Install disk with the sale.

For the really, really, really paranoid. After the secure empty trash step. Boot the old computer into target mode, connect to a newer Mac via fire wire. Do a quick erase from disk utility. Overwrite the entire HD with copies of very large jpg files, unmount the target drive then disconnect the firewire cable and reboot the target computer from the install disk. Finish this up as before with the format and install. Any one trying to scavenge data will see only those jpg files.

This last bit is a lot faster and provides greater security than just zeroing the HD.
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Old Sep 19th, 2009, 06:33 PM   #8
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Easy quick and reasonably secure. Create new admin account. Trash the old account /Users/"OldAccountName(s)" and then do a "secure empty trash".
Yah I guess I'll just do that, seems like the quickest solution!

As for the rest of the comical gents nice jokes!

And yes I know about the software stuff...

Alright now that this is solved, Im ganna post a question on how to make my macbook pro screen brighter (i dont have the new macbook pro with the glossy screen, its the generation before that)

Oh and I except some smart a-s-s answers too haha jk
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