: Any data wiping app suggestion?


Raj12312
Jun 19th, 2017, 03:50 PM
I am selling my Mac so I want to know if there is any tool or trick that can delete all my files from my computer permanently?

ANy help is appreciated.

SINC
Jun 19th, 2017, 08:49 PM
Here you go, all done on your own Mac using Apple tools:

https://www.imore.com/how-to-prepare-mac-for-sale

Or this:

https://support.apple.com/en-ca/HT201065

Raj12312
Jun 20th, 2017, 06:32 AM
Here you go, all done on your own Mac using Apple tools:

https://www.tunesbro.com/wipe-mac-clean-to-sell.html

Or this:

https://support.apple.com/en-ca/HT201065

Thanks for the tip. Here comes two questions:

1> It already took 2 hours and the backup is still in progress
2> any different between erasing startup disk and reinstalling macOS?

rgray
Jun 20th, 2017, 07:52 AM
Thanks for the tip. Here comes two questions:

1> It already took 2 hours and the backup is still in progress

Not unusual. Likely to be longer. Depends on speed of disk involved, size of disk, and how much data is on it.

2> any different between erasing startup disk and reinstalling macOS?

Reinstalling the OS usually leaves the data intact.

Fanksfer
Dec 22nd, 2017, 04:13 AM
Here you go, all done on your own Mac using Apple tools:
Or this: http://www.mobiledic.com/ios-topics/how-to-delete-everything-on-iphone.html


The first link doesn't seem to work

SINC
Dec 22nd, 2017, 05:45 AM
Sure it does!

https://www.tunesbro.com/wipe-mac-clean-to-sell.html

eMacMan
Dec 22nd, 2017, 08:46 AM
The first link doesn't seem to work

The "Apple Tools" link that appears only when you are not logged in, is an ad added by this website, without the permission of the poster.

Tried many times to persuade site management to disable this bug/irritant but to no avail. Hence the note in my sig.

rgray
Dec 22nd, 2017, 08:53 AM
Sure it does!

https://www.tunesbro.com/wipe-mac-clean-to-sell.html

+10. Patience! Secure erase takes time! Backup (especially the first time) also takes time!

As the I Ching so often says, "Perseverance furthers".

BReligion
Dec 22nd, 2017, 02:53 PM
+10. Patience! Secure erase takes time! Backup (especially the first time) also takes time!

As the I Ching so often says, "Perseverance furthers".

When I have sold my Mac's in the past I have set it to securely erase the disk 3 or 7 or however many times I felt at the time needed to be done and just walked away.

Just let it run :)

As others have said there is a lot of factors that will drive the zeroing of the drive.
I have let it run from hours to over a day, just let it do it's thing and check on it every now and then to see where you're at with it.

BReligion

eMacMan
Dec 22nd, 2017, 04:48 PM
Be sure it is set to never sleep while doing this!

BReligion
Dec 22nd, 2017, 09:54 PM
Be sure it is set to never sleep while doing this!

If you boot from recovery disk (CD/DVD) or partition I donít think the disks will sleep while disk utility is working the drive (or at least never has for me, monitor yes, disks not until the wipe is done).

BReligion