Released in 2003, the iBook G4 replaced the iBook G3 as Apple's portable consumer computer.

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How do I wipe my iBook G4 clean?

I have an old iBook G4 that i want to give to a friend. I'm trying to just erase everything i have on it a fast way without having to reset everything to default and intensively deleting every document. Is there an easy way?

I have heard that i could reinstall my OS X. I have Tiger or 10.4 installed on it, but only know where the install discs for Panther 10.3 are. Can this still work?

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You won't be able to install Tiger without the DVD, just the Panther from the DVD you have. I don't know that it will matter much on a free G4 iBook.

Insert the Panther DVD.

Power up the iBook, and press the "option" key.

You will get a boot menu asking if you want to boot from your hard drive (usually called Macintosh HD) or from the DVD.

Select the DVD.

The DVD will have an option to format your drive erasing everything.

I know that the Disk Utility has tools to overwrite everything multiple times to make sure it's never recoverable, but I don't know all the options available on the Panther install DVD. A regular re-format will erase files well enough unless your friend is very computer savvy and puts time into trying to recover some of the files (it's like shredding a stack of paper, someone with a lot of time could tape it back together).

Format, then re-install OS X from the DVD.

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Start up from your installation disk, go to the second screen pull down menu to Utilities -> Disk Utility and select the drive then format it.

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