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secure-erase utilities


How to securely erase an SSD drive

Erasing an SSD drive not only sanitizes the drive, but recovers lost performance on systems with inefficient garbage collection. We'll show you how to securely erase your SSD drive.

By October 5, 2011


OS X Disk Utility missing options to erase free disk space

If you have purchased a new Mac or have upgraded your hard drive on an older Mac, you may find when accessing the option to erase free disk space using Apple's Disk Utility that the controls for doing so are grayed out.

By March 19, 2012


How to prepare a used Mac for use

While formatting a used Mac is always best, you can set one up to be as new as possible without formatting.

By July 10, 2012


Q&A: MacFixIt Answers

How to protect your user data during computer repairs, and other questions answered.

By May 18, 2012


How to reinstall OS X after malware infection

While instructions are available to remove the latest malware threats for OS X, some may choose to simply reinstall OS X and start from a clean slate.

By April 6, 2012


Q&A: MacFixIt Answers, Lion edition

MacFixIt Answers is a weekly feature in which we answer questions e-mailed in by our readers. We welcome alternative approaches and views from readers and encourage you to post your own suggestions in the comments.

By July 28, 2011


Performing custom secure file deletion via the OS X Terminal

Apple's "Secure Empty Trash" option will perform a seven-pass random erase on the files in the Trash, but you may wish to change this up a bit.

By June 17, 2011


Hands on: A look at Drive Genius 3

A hands-on look at the options and tools in Drive Genius 3 for OS X.

By October 6, 2010


Weekly utilities update: Hardware Monitor, Print Therapy, PodSalvage, more...

Our Weekly Utilities Update report is a list of all the updates for many Mac utilities that have been released in the past week.

By February 15, 2010


Selling your old Mac? Prepare it first

If you sell a computer as-is without formatting it or otherwise removing your data, not only can the buyer get your personal files, but with the proper know-how that user can uncover all the passwords stored on your keychain and be able to access your online services.

By July 20, 2010