I bought an imac 2 years ago, and updated it to leopard when that was released. I no longer have the discs i used for Leopard, only the original mac os x 10.4 discs.I am very soon going to be selling this machine and need to wipe everything so that all is left if the operating system in the form you would expect as if you had just bought a new mac.How can this be achieved, i tried disck utility> erase, but only erase free space was 'highlighted'.
I just followed this link here [URL] to install my SSD and I foolishly did the Zero Erase. After searching through macrumors, it seems that I have killed my drive. Is there any form of redemption? Corsair F60 on a brand new MBP 15inch
I've erased and reinstalled my Lion 10.7.3 but after rebooting, all my previous programs are also installed.How do I format and erase my HD completely so I get a clean OS like I had when I bought my Macbook Pro?
I've just gotten a new MacBook Air and successfully migrated all my data from my MacBook Pro. Now I'd like to clean up my MacBook Pro for my son. I don't want to erase all the applications, but I do want to erase all my files. Is there an easy way to it?
Is there anyway to erase my hard drive on my old broken mbp? (fried logic board) I want to sell the whole unit, but feel that the only thing i could do is take out the hard drive and sell everything else. Id prefer to not have to dismantle my mbp as it is somewhat time consuming. Is there a way to erase it within the mac?
I have a Macbook Pro 2.1 GHZ with 2GB of RAM from 2006 with Mac OS X 10.4.11 (Tiger) and I bought Snow Leopard (Mac OS X 10.6.3). I want to install the new OS but I had some problems with this process. Do I have to erase my hard disk first and then install Snow Leopard? I want to keep my documents on my hard disk and the programs that I have.
I got a new macbook pro. I tried installing windows on it via bootcamp...To cut a long story short, I messed up the system. Now the PC doesn't start and when I run the system, the apple logo just shows with the chime. Nothing more. I din't back up anyhting.
If the system manages to start, immediately I log on, the computer logs itself off again. Im simply tired of all this and want to erase mac osx lion from my mac book, then re-install it again. How to go about it?
I know pressing Command +R then going to recovery will open recovery. Then I click on disk utilities. But then, selecting which hardisk to format?
My hard disk had no partitions, but then trying to format it, I see a larger disk with a different title, then under it, I see "Macintosh HD". Which of them should I select to format to do the job? the main HD or the sub one under it "Macintosh HD"
I totally hate this, considering the fact that I have to buy about $60.0 worth of credits to re-download osx lion from the net. My macbook didn't come with a cd you know..
I'm trying to delete several files (one, an application; the other, an Excel file) but whenever I move them to the trash, I get an error message. The Application (Skype) error says I have to unlock the file, but after I unlock it (using File->Get Info) and I type in the administrator password, it gets me back to the beginning and I have to do the whole thing over and over again.
When I try to delete Excel file, i get a dialogue box that says "The operation can't be completed because the item NY alumni list.xls is in use." But the file is only being used by me; even after I make a small change and resave it and then try to delete it, i get the same error message repeatedly.
I've replaced the hard drive with a ssd hd and intalled Lion on it. Now I've 128GB hd called "ssd" and 500GB hd called "Macintosh HD" (the old one). I've would like to erase Macintosh HD but is not possible. If I try I've an alert with "Is not possible to unmount the drive".
I want to start afresh on my HD, i.e. reinstall from original disks and use Disk Utility to secure erase (via Erase & Install).I've read articles about pros and cons + how to do it. So I think I know how to do everything.However, from my reading I gather that Zero Erase is a single pass random erase whereas 7 Pass is secure erase (and there is a 3 Pass secure erase option nowadays)?That got me wondering - does 7 Pass secure erase make 7 x single passes over the entire disk?If it does, then when the blue bar has extended a bit over a third of the way across the progress monitor (that little bar that indicates time left) it should have made 3 passes, which would be equivalent to 3 pass secure erase?Is that an option?Is it possible to stop part way through an erase (which is part of E & I)? My original disks 1 and 2 have OS X 10.4, with OS X 10.5 included as complimentary 3rd disk (because OS X 10.5 was just released at that time).I gather I need to erase with disk 1, then install disks 1 + 2, then install OS X 10.5.
Info: MacBookPro3,1, Mac OS X (10.5.8), 15"/ 2.2 GHz Core 2 Duo/ 2GB/ 120GB
I bought the new 13" MBP and I'm selling my Late 2007 15" MBP to cover the cost. I will be formatting the hard drive so that my account and info on the computer are erased. My question is, how can I erase my account on the system so that whenever the new owner gets it, he/she gets the Leopard start up screen (The one like when you purchase a new Mac and you have to setup your account i.e. the "welcome" screen)?
Gonna turn in my MBP later this week, because of a broken hard drive. What do I do before turning it in? Should I clone the drive (for backup) and then format and zero it out, to remove personal information?
I have a macbook running leopard and am upgrading to snow leopard. I have a back up from leopard on an external hard drive and I would like to completely wipe my computer, start fresh. However, I no longer have the leopard install disc but I do have the old tiger install disc. I am thinking to revert to tiger to restore the computer's settings and then upgrade to snow leopard. Will I still be able to restore select items from my Leopard back up?
Macbook OS X 10.5.8 and a WD 10EAVS 1TB External Hard Drive. That's all. I was given this by a fellow student on campus who was graduating. So I want to use this to store my iTunes Library (my Macbook's hard drive ran out of space). Here's what I do:
- Macbook is turned on and running
- I plug the external hard drive into a working outlet --> Hard drive turns on
- I plug the external hard drive into the mac using a USB connection --> Disk Insertion Error message: the disk you insterted was not readable by this computer
- It is not readable so I open it in Disk Utility (the hard drive is listed/recognized)
- I attempt to erase and/or partition the hard drive in order to format it in Mac OS Extended OR Mac OS Extended (Journaled), but I get one of these two messages: "Disk Erase failed with the error: File system formatter failed." OR "Disk Erase failed with the error: The underlying task reported failure on exit."
I attempted to look up what these mean or how to fix the problem but nothing is really working. I was able to format the hardware line to MS-DOS (FAT) and the sub-line as Mac OS Extended (Journaled) but I don't even know if that's right or not.Basically, I need my computer to recognize this hard drive whenever I plug it in and to run smoothly as "extra space" to store my music on.I haven't had A LOT of experience with external hard drives but enough to get things done. But this problem is a killer.
I'm trying to erase my hard drive to sell my MacBook and well I used the drop in disk to help with this. I dont have the gray disks that came with my computer. Any who I ran it erase and reinstall the os and at the last second it failed to install. Now when I start my computer with the disk it'll try to down load the os and it says that I don't have an OS X version 10.4 or higher on my computer. So basically I don't have a operating system on my MacBook. It's empty. It is a white 13 inch MacBook.