How to use WipeDrive for Mac

To use WipeDrive on a Mac, you will need to use the "bootable CD/USB" method.  This article will walk you through how to burn a CD/USB on a Mac machine, and how to boot the Mac from the CD/USB.  If you purchased a physical copy from us directly, you will not need to burn the ISO to a CD/USB.

How to burn the ISO file to a CD on the MacOS

  1. Download the WipeDrive ISO file from your e-mail.
  2. Navigate to the Disk Utility application within MacOS and insert the blank CD you wish to use.
  3. From the File menu, choose "Open Disk Image" and select the WipeDrive ISO to be burned.
  4. In the list of volumes, you will now see an item representing the WipeDrive ISO file. Go ahead and select it.
  5. Click the Burn button and follow the instructions.
How to burn the ISO file to a USB on the MacOS
  1. Download the WipeDrive ISO file from your e-mail.
  2. Navigate to the Disk Utility application within MacOS and insert the USB drive you wish to prepare for use.
  3. Now within the program, select the removable USB drive you wish burn the boot media on. The USB drive must first be formatted properly. Select the USB drive and choose the option 'Erase'. You will be prompted to enter in some additional information to reformat the USB drive. Select the 'MS-DOS (FAT)' option for format type, and the 'Master Boot Record' option for partition scheme. Once those options have been select, press 'Erase'
  4. Next, you will need to download and Install a third-party program called Etcher
    Note: If issues running the application are encountered, you may need to enable the option 'App Store and Identified developers' in the 'Security & Privacy' window of the System Preferences. If warnings still arise, you can enable the 'Open Anyway' option found in the same window mentioned above.
  5. Using the Etcher application, select the WipeDrive ISO image, then select the newly formatted USB Drive used in step 3. Once those selections have been made, press 'Flash!'. Due to low-level system access required by Etcher, you will be prompted to enter in your system credentials in order to begin. When that has run to complete, you have successfully created a bootable USB drive. 

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Note: ​​​​​​​After the write process to the USB drive has completed, macOS may inform you that ‘The disk you inserted was not readable by this computer’. Don’t select Initialize. Instead, select Eject and remove the USB device.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

How to boot the Mac machine from the CD

  1. Power down the Mac.
  2. As you turn it on, listen for the Mac start-up sound.  The moment you hear it, start hitting the letter "c" key repeatedly until it boots up WipeDrive. 
    Note: Alternatively, the 'Option' key will work to pull up the proper menu.  In this menu, select the CD/USB marked 'Windows'.
  3. ​​​​​​​WipeDrive Home should now boot up.  Follow the instructions in WipeDrive to complete a secure wipe of the hard drive.​​​​​​​

How to change the boot order from within the OSX

  1. From the Apple menu choose System Preferences.
  2. Click the Startup Disk icon in System Preferences, or choose View > Startup Disk.
  3. Select your startup disk from the list of available volumes (It should be the CD/USB marked Windows).
  4. The next time you start up or restart your computer, WipeDrive Home should boot up. Follow the instructions in WipeDrive to complete a secure wipe of the hard drive.
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