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Hello,

I posted a thread before saying should I get a new Hard drive for my old mac I'm selling.

I got my old HDD to work but I need to erase it and my mac's disk utility wont erase it even though I am running off an external hard drive with mac osx on it.

so I was wondering if any knew of any good programs that will erase the old HDD, then I will install mac osx back on it and then sell that instead of buying a new HDD.

Thanks.
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http://www.dban.org/

Run it like 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 times and you should be good.
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http://www.dban.org/

^ this
 
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Originally Posted by Sean Webster View Post

http://www.dban.org/
Run it like 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 times and you should be good.

Ohk lol thanks.
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I'm guessing this is for windows though?
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Darik's Boot and Nuke ("DBAN") is a self-contained boot disk that securely wipes the hard disks of most computers. DBAN will automatically and completely delete the contents of any hard disk that it can detect, which makes it an appropriate utility for bulk or emergency data destruction.
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I'm guessing this is for windows though?
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(Burn this file to a blank disc and boot the computer with it. Do not unzip this file.)
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Darik's Boot and Nuke ("DBAN") is a self-contained boot disk that securely wipes the hard disks of most computers. DBAN will automatically and completely delete the contents of any hard disk that it can detect, which makes it an appropriate utility for bulk or emergency data destruction.
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Ok I downloaded but will it work because I will be using the old hdd which doesn't work?

I am taking out my os drive and will just leave the old one in, will it still work or not?
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Ok I downloaded but will it work because I will be using the old hdd which doesn't work?
I am taking out my os drive and will just leave the old one in, will it still work or not?

If the HDD doesn't work take a hammer to it...

If the HDD works you can run it no problem...stop asking questions and do it.
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Ok I downloaded but will it work because I will be using the old hdd which doesn't work?
I am taking out my os drive and will just leave the old one in, will it still work or not?

Define "Doesn't work". If your HDD is completely dead, won't power on, spin, etc.; the quickest method is a propane torch or maybe a shotgun. If it powers on, just run DBAN:

1 pass if most likely a noob will get your laptop
3 passes if your drive contained somewhat illegal or confidential information (passwords, your SSN, company secrets etc.)
7 passes if you're really paranoid
25 passes if you're extremely paranoid
 
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If the HDD doesn't work take a hammer to it...
If the HDD works you can run it no problem...stop asking questions and do it.

its not working............
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