How to Wipe a Mac Mini Hard Drive

By K.C. Winslow

To wipe the hard drive of a Mac Mini, you must zero all the data on the disk. Computer information is in binary, zeros and ones. These zeros and ones are behind everything you see on your computer. When you zero out the data on a hard drive, all of the binary changes to zeros, a state the Apple website refers to as “digitally blank.” Zeroing out data is irreversible and files will not be recoverable, so make external copies of any information you value before you begin.

Things You'll Need

  • Mac OS X Install disc, 10.2.3 or later

Step 1

Load the Install disc in the slot-loading optical drive at the front of the Mac Mini.

Step 2

Open the “Installer” menu and select “Open Disk Utilities” when the “Installer” window appears on the screen.

Step 3

Select the Mac Mini hard drive from the menu. Click “Erase.”

Step 4

Use the “Volume Format” menu to select “Mac OS Extended (Journaled).”

Step 5

Click the “Options” button. Use the checkbox to indicate you want to “Zero all data.”

Step 6

Click the “OK” button and click “Erase.” When the process is complete, exit Disk Utility. You will have the option of installing a clean copy of the Mac OS or exiting without installing an operating system.