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Offline Ripley

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Donating old computer/protocols for HD cleaning?
« on: November 28, 2005, 05:51:06 PM »
Target goal: Donating computer w/ working OS, w/ no personal info left on it.
Complication: It's a G3 beige Power Mac w/ OS8 which I am unfamiliar with.  My father owns it and wants to donate it now that he has a Dell PC.
My thought is some kind of disk cleaning software to wipe out personal data, then re-format HD and re-install OS?
Never done this before.
Not thinking specific Mac info would be obtained here at Landzdown, put can anyone give me some basics on how to securely wipe personal data off a computer, or point me in a direction online?
Can you take it to a tech dept of computer store and have them do it?

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Re: Donating old computer/protocols for HD cleaning?
« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2005, 11:47:55 PM »
What you're looking for are "clean installation" instructions, which can be found here.
However, you can run OS X just fine on a G3, provided you have enough HD space and RAM, and you can also easily (and fairly cheaply) upgrade it to a G4 - it's worth considering.

HTH :)

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Re: Donating old computer/protocols for HD cleaning?
« Reply #2 on: November 29, 2005, 12:10:38 AM »
 Maddoktor2,
Thnx for your reply.  :)  Read your link on doing a "clean install."  To make sure we're on the same page, the G3 has a functional OS 8 currently.  Would doing a "clean install" securely wipe out the personal data?  Or would other software be used first, and what could that be?  Did a search a stuff like iclean and superscrubber come up, but look like it might not do the trick.  After some other software is used then do the clean install?
Since it's being donated to a school...just want to make sure the financial data, like on Quicken is gone.
The G4 idea is a good one, but the user has already moved on to another computer.

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Re: Donating old computer/protocols for HD cleaning?
« Reply #3 on: November 29, 2005, 12:34:14 AM »
For a complete wipe, re-partition your HD using the following steps:

1. Start up using the Disk Tools disk.
2. Open Apple HD SC Setup.
3. Click Partition.
4. Select your main Macintosh volume and remove it (this wipes out all data!).
5. Click and drag from just below the driver partition all the way to the bottom.
6. Select Macintosh volume in the resulting dialog box.
7. Reboot and reinstall the OS.

That should do it. :)

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Re: Donating old computer/protocols for HD cleaning?
« Reply #4 on: November 29, 2005, 02:06:53 AM »
Gee, that sounds simple.   :|  Need some time to make sure there is a Disk Tools disk somewhere and re-review your instructions.
Just wondering, if this process is "unreachable" by the end-user, can the process be accomplished by taking it to a reputable Mac dealer?
This is a foreign language to me working in a PC environment for so long.

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« Reply #5 on: November 29, 2005, 02:51:59 PM »
Any Mac store will be able to do it, but the easiest way is to look in your Utilities folder. If you're using OS 8, you'll need to use the Drive Setup program to initialize the disk (on Macs, formatting is known as initializing).
Open the Drive Setup folder in your Applications/Utilities folder and select the Drive Setup Guide - you'll find all the instructions needed to initialize the drive and zero the data (very important for your purposes - make sure you zero the data to prevent any possible recovery!).

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Re: Donating old computer/protocols for HD cleaning?
« Reply #6 on: November 30, 2005, 10:18:34 AM »
Maddoktor2 ,

Thank you very much for your clear instructions.
Now we have a plan to wipe out the personal data thru the Drive Set Up folder by selecting zero the data and all will be gone.    :flame:

Then re-install the OS for a clean working system to donate.    :flowers:

Thnx again for your help!   :)

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Re: Donating old computer/protocols for HD cleaning?
« Reply #7 on: November 30, 2005, 07:48:29 PM »
Happy to help - best of luck! :)

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