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Factory reset Leopard iBook G4

Warranty up? Chosen Solution. Insert the Panther DVD. Power up the iBook, and press the "option" key.

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

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Sometimes my vintage and professional Mac lives collide, and I wind up working on a consulting job involving a system old enough to be in the Mac Museum. Such was the case this week with an iBook G4 I encountered, which appears to have had quite a life. This particular system is a inch iBook G4. It started life as the business laptop for a professional dancer, and endured a decade of being lugged around the world and used as a daily driver in the field before it got too old to be of use as a primary computer.

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It then passed on to her husband, a painter, to use in his studio an outside shed for displaying and projecting photographs. A few weeks ago, destiny called. Fortunately the bolt hit the ground nearby instead but still fried some electronics, including the iBook G4 in the backyard studio. After taking stock nobody was hurt and dealing with insurance, I was called in to help recover photos from the backup drive and erase any data which might remain on the internal hard drive. Now to be honest, the iBook has never been one of my favorite Macs.


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The G3 model introduced WiFi Airport and translucent plastics to Mac laptops, but the top heavy design looked like a toilet bowl seat painted in garish day-glo colors. The all white rectangular G4 models were much more civilized, but getting the hard drive out of a G4 iBook is an unnecessarily difficult, swear word evoking exercise. However they are designed for rough use and built like tanks, so on a hunch I decided to try booting using a different AC adapter before tearing apart the computer.