Using dBan To Erase Mac and iPad

Dear Computer Lady,

Do you know if dBan could be used on my MacBook?

How about my iPad?

Considering upgrading both devices, and will need to do this before I dispose of old ones.

Thanks, Miriam

Dear Miriam,

You can use dBan (Darik’s Boot And Nuke) on your MacBook, but I don’t think it will work on your iPad.

It will work on your MacBook as long as it has a traditional hard drive (not a solid state drive). I can’t give you directions since I don’t have a MacBook, but I was able to find directions with a quick google search.

dBan probably won’t work on your iPad for a couple of reasons, one it doesn’t boot like a computer, and secondly, it does not have the same type of storage as your computer (no spinning drive).

Your iPad does, however have an “Erase and Reset” function that makes data nearly impossible to recover. You can find that function in your iPad settings.



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