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Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by mauly, Dec 5, 2005.
I suppose you are referring to the fact the dropdown is greyed out? No, that is not odd - you can't erase/format the boot volume.
well the hours till the disk is erased....you may be alive when that is finished if you live for another 136 years
Oh that! this is a bit odd.
Thats why Steve put in the skip button
Thank you Steve!
On the 9th day, Steve created "Skip"
kingjr3- I havent seen Mr yuck in years! Thanks for the flashback.
It does seem quite weird that you're erasing your only boot volume while booted from it. Infact, I know that's impossible, so yes, very weird indeed.
Isn't it just the free space!!? thats being erased!!?
Yes. At least, one hopes. When did that feature get added to Disk Utility? I'd never noticed it before.
And obviously something went wrong with the process or it started very quickly then stalled, causing the calculation to break.
Question: Did it stall completely at that point (with the hours ticking up continuously and no disk access) or is it actually doing something and just the count is wrong?
If it appears stalled but the disk is active, one possibility is that there are bad sectors on the disk and the OS accessing them is causing the disk to run through its (usually slow) recovery process.
Stuffit expander does this to me sometimes. I'm unzipping a 50 MB file and it says 1,589,384 Days and then three seconds later it stops!
About 5 minutes after I posted... it completed, so all was good...
Consider it your retro reminder to keep dangerous chemicals out of reach of children...
I've had this...