Take the 2-minute tour ×
Ask Different is a question and answer site for power users of Apple hardware and software. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I have two older Macs in which I want to erase the hard drive. Secure-erase is a plus, but not a show-stopper at this point. I don't have any Mac OS X discs so I can't use disc utility.

What I'd really like to do is download or buy and download a utility that can create bootable discs so I can boot each computer and erase the hard drives.

Any suggestions on utilities?

share|improve this question
1  
Is an option taking them to a working Mac and using target mode firewire to securely wipe both drives? The power supplies and logic boards need to work well enough to spin up the drives, but lots other can be broken on the two Mac for them to get erased. –  bmike Dec 5 '12 at 21:47
    
I suppose we could. I had thought my early 2010 MacBook did not have firewall, but apparently it does... I don't have a cable, but that's easily remedied. –  tcv Dec 5 '12 at 22:10
    
Was just on MegaMacs and they sell legacy software, I don't work for them. link to there software page is below –  rclyde Dec 6 '12 at 1:31
    
megamacs.com/index.php –  rclyde Dec 6 '12 at 1:33
    
Thanks for the link to megamacs. I'm using FW target this time but I'll keep them in mind because their disc prices are MUCH better than what I was finding elsewhere. –  tcv Dec 6 '12 at 20:15
add comment

2 Answers

up vote 1 down vote accepted

Do you have a current Mac with a Firewire port? You can attach the old Macs1 to the new one via Firewire, and boot them using Target Disk Mode, and use Disk Utility on the new Mac to wipe the drives (they'll appear as external drives).

1 Note that the earliest G3 iMacs didn't have Firewire, and thus can't use this feature. The G3 with slot loading drive (released in Octoboer 1999) and later will work.

share|improve this answer
add comment

An alternative method is to use a program called TrueCrypt to do a whole disk encryption, then boot into Linux (live CD or USB) and format your drive with whatever you want - or do as @robmathers suggested with Target Disk Mode and erase the drive. This way the data would not be recoverable, and you wouldn't have to use a live CD to format.

share|improve this answer
add comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.