Deleting hard drive

I'm (sadly) selling my iMac. I'm in the process of removing my personal documents, pictures, etc. Once I finish, I need to delete the hard drive. I read on another forum that Mac comes installed with the program for deleting. Could someone tell me the name of it and or where to find it?

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The program is called Disk Utility

and you will find it in the Applications/Utilities folder.

However, you cannot use the one on your hard drive to delete the hard drive.

Take the Restore disk that came with your computer, boot the iMac from it and then use the Disk Utility that you will find on that disk.
The menu bar appears after you have moved a couple of steps through the installer. You'll find it under Utlities.

There are a few choices when you erase. Choose the one that you want and let it run.
On completion, reboot the computer with the disk still in the drive and install the OS version that is on the disk.
Once the installation is complete, shut down the computer. Do not register or do anything else.

This will put a copy of the OS and all the other applications, that originally came with the computer, and allow the next owner to configure the machine for themselves.
Don't worry about putting any updates on the iMac, the next owner can do that


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