How to delete all files from Mac

  Berny777 19:38 19 Jun 2017
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How to delete all files from Mac before selling it? I am looking for more of a permanent solution.

  Jollyjohn 11:53 20 Jun 2017

See here - click here a fairly comprehensive guide from Apple.

  Berny777 12:35 28 Jun 2017

I checked the guide but some one says it is not a complete deletion. the files are still available

  Jollyjohn 13:34 28 Jun 2017

If you Format any hard drive it erases what is on the drive. High tech / specialist computer boffins can sometimes unformat a drive to recover info BUT it is difficult and they need to have a very good idea of what they are actually looking for. If you format and reinsatall the OS twice, that will really make it incredibly difficult to recover anything off the drive.

See here click here on how to securely erase a Mac.

  bremner 17:31 28 Jun 2017

Jollyjohn

A format does not delete files - simple free software can easily and quickly recover the files.

  Ealleas 03:44 04 Jul 2017

If you Format any hard drive it erases what is on the drive. High tech / specialist computer boffins can sometimes unformat a drive to recover info BUT it is difficult and they need to have a very good idea of what they are actually looking for. If you format and reinsatall the OS twice, that will really make it incredibly difficult to recover anything off the drive. See here click here on how to securely erase a Mac.

if you want to delete a movies, try this. Open a new Finder window. In the Finder View menu, select Show Path Bar. In the search window, type kind:movies . Then click your user name next to Search: This Mac. What you will see are all of the movie category videos that are located in your home directory. Select all, and move to external storage.

Moving the video files off of your Mac may not dramatically change the About This Mac : Storage measurement, and if it doesn't, you need to have Spotlight reindex your boot drive. Open System Preferences : Spotlight : Privacy. Drag and drop your Desktop boot drive icon (e.g. Macintosh HD) into the Privacy panel, wait about 10 seconds, then select it, and press the minus button at the bottom of the panel to remove it from Spotlight privacy. This will cause Spotlight to reindex your hard drive, and hopefully return some accuracy to the About This Mac : Storage results.

  rudyhill 08:52 05 Jul 2017

Here is the guide for you: click here

  Berny777 06:37 07 Jul 2017

If you Format any hard drive it erases what is on the drive. High tech / specialist computer boffins can sometimes unformat a drive to recover info BUT it is difficult and they need to have a very good idea of what they are actually looking for. If you format and reinsatall the OS twice, that will really make it incredibly difficult to recover anything off the drive. See here click here on how to securely erase a Mac.

Thanks for the suggestion. I already did as you suggested.

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