BitRaser® Drive Eraser - Deployment for Mac Devices
This deployment guide will show you how to securely wipe Mac devices using BitRaser Drive Eraser for Mac. You can erase data stored on Mac devices powered by Intel chips, as well as the latest Apple Silicon-based Mac devices and any attached drives.
Tip: The instructions for wiping Mac differ on Intel-based Mac as compared to others with M1, M2, and T2 chips.
In this deployment article, we are ONLY covering the wiping of Intel-based Mac devices. If you are looking to wipe Apple Silicon chip-based Mac like M1 Mac, M2 Mac, or T2 Mac, you may read our detailed Knowledge base articles to get started with the wiping process.
For Wiping Intel Based Mac, we will navigate through 2 stages:
Step 1: Log in to your BitRaser Cloud Account using the credentials delivered to your email post-purchase of BitRaser Drive Eraser software. Go to the 'Support' section, and download the 'BitRaser USB Creator for Mac' dmg file.
BitRaser USB Creator for Mac is a utility that enables you to make a bootable USB for erasing both Intel & Apple-Silicon-based Mac devices like T2, M1, M1 Max, or M2.
Step 2: Run the 'BitRaser USB Creator for Mac' application.
To create a bootable USB to wipe Intel-based Mac, connect the USB to your Mac and select ‘Other’ then click 'Next'.
Step 3: Select the USB device attached to your Mac from the dropdown menu to make a bootable USB and click 'Create'.
Step 4: Click 'Continue' on the ‘Alert screen’ that informs you that all the data on the USB drive will be lost.
Note: The procedure of making a bootable BitRaser USB has started. The process can take several minutes to complete.
Your BitRaser bootable USB has been created and is ready for use. You can begin erasing your Intel-based Mac device by booting the machine with the USB-containing BitRaser Drive Eraser for the Mac application.
To boot and wipe Intel-based Mac devices along with the connected storage drives, follow the steps below:
Step 2: Select the ‘Install macOS’ option and press enter. MacOS can vary with the device.
Note: In this case, we are wiping macOS High Sierra so it shows the ‘Install macOS High Sierra’ option as in the below screen.
Step 3: Next, you will see the ‘macOS Utilities’ screen. Go to ‘Utilities’ and select ‘Terminal’.
Step 4: In the ‘Terminal’ window type, the command /volumes/bitraser/run then press the ‘return’ key.
Step 5: You will now see the BitRaser Drive Eraser main screen with the list of all the drives. You can also see that 'Licenses Left' is 0 right now.
Step 6: You will have to log in to the cloud account to download the erasure licenses.
Click on the Cloud icon on the top right corner of the screen, and enter your BitRaser Cloud credentials shared on your e-mail. After entering credentials, click 'Login'. (Requires internet connection)
You will be able to see your erasure licenses displayed on the bottom right corner of the screen.
Step 7: Select the Erasure method, drive to erase, and verification type, then click 'Erase'.
Step 8: An Alert window pops up, informing you that all the data on the selected drive will be wiped beyond recovery. Click on ‘Yes’.
You will be able to see the erasure progress on your screen. Once the process completes your Intel, based Mac device data has been permanently erased.
A tamper-proof report of erasure will be automatically generated and uploaded to your secure BitRaser Cloud account which can be accessed from anywhere and at any time (Internet connection required).