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How to data wipe a Mac? How do I wipe all data from an Apple MacBook?

Picture this: You’ve had an Apple MacBook for a while now and although it is still a capable robust machine – you’ve decided to upgrade to the latest model.

You still hold some sentimental value for your old model (as all Apple users seem to) but the latest version has a few new features and capabilities that you would like to take advantage of.

Congratulations, you’ve justified your latest purchase (or should we call it investment ;) and the order is placed. All you need to do now is wait for and set about backing up all of your data ready to transfer to your new machine.

So, let’s imagine you have completed that part now and you want to make sure that any remaining data/files are gone. The thing with Apple/Mac computers is that its proprietary system is slightly different when it comes to permanent deletion of files as when compared to PCs. You can not simply put the files into the “Trash”, choose “empty” and call it a day because this just removes the file from the viewable directory. Besides that, there are recovery options that are out on the market to recover files from your Mac. This is because computers are designed to keep files on a drive unless the space the data is using is incidentally overwritten.

Now Macs do actually have some functions built in that allow their users to permanently wipe a drive, but in typical Apple fashion - this is quite complicated to figure out and can only be achieved with an internet connection. Thankfully, there is an alternative available that makes data wiping a Mac straightforward and simple. That alternative is the Redkey USB 

How to Use the RedKey USB to Wipe Data on a Mac


In this video, you can see the step-by-step process of wiping an Apple MacBook Pro of all files & data - permanently and securely using a RedKey USB. The process is as very straightforward as follows:


  • Make sure the power lead is plugged in.
  • Insert the Redkey USB into one of the available USB ports.
  • Power up the Mac.
  • When you hear a startup sound, hold down the OPTION key.
  • A screen will pop up then release the OPTION key.
  • Choose the option “EFI Boot” on the screen.
  • You will see the Redkey running and performing the data wipe
  • Note: the data wiping is fully automated at this point
  • Wipe duration depends mainly on the hard drive size.
  • Wait for the on-screen confirmation that the process is complete.
  • Data Gone Forever!

The manual part of setting the RedKey USB to wipe the Mac takes no more than 2 minutes. From that point onward, everything else is automatic. How’s that for convenience and efficiency? It’s great!

Get a Redkey USB for wiping your Old MacBook’s Data today!

Before letting go of your old favorite MacBook, make sure that it is wiped clean of all the possible data that a new owner might stumble upon (especially those unflattering pictures from at the Zoo last September). Redkey USB is a great solution for simple and efficient data wiping - it works just as well with PCs too - all from the same key. 

You can order your own Redkey USB at the here or simply get in touch for more information and inquiries. Find out for yourself why the Redkey USB motto is “data gone forever”!