Clear iMac hard drive

  shepthedog 11:55 17 Jun 2007
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I have my mum's old Imac (a blue M5521) which she wants me to sell on Ebay for her.

I need to delete all personal information and just leave the operating system.

Any clues please.

Many thanks.

  shepthedog 12:52 17 Jun 2007

My mum cannot remember her administrator password and we do not want to let the system go without clearing the personal data.

  Kate B 12:55 17 Jun 2007

Have you got the CD with the operating system on it? Best just to wipe the hard drive and reinstall the OS, same as with a Windows PC.

  shepthedog 13:13 17 Jun 2007

Unfortunately not, no disk at all.

Mum was given it a few years ago and for space reasons has upgraded to a laptop.

She suggests just wrecking it but I would rather format it and see it go to a good home with a few quid for mum.

  Kate B 13:29 17 Jun 2007

Have you got the registration key? I could burn you a copy of Tiger (I've also got an iBook), but obviously you'd need your own key.

  Kate B 13:31 17 Jun 2007

Or just simply delete - literally - all the personal info. Clear out the Documents folder etc. Tedious but effective.

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