Problems Reformatting External HD

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  1. lifeboy001 macrumors member

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    Hi all-

    I'm attempting to reformat an external drive that was once in my old Windows machine- I have no problem reading file on the drive, but it as marked as read-only and will not let me write/delete. I would love to reformat this drive at some point and find a better use for it, and any advice on how to fix it would be wonderful. Thanks!
     
  2. yenko macrumors 6502a

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    I'm assuming you're using OS X! Use Disk Utility located in the Utilities folder.
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  3. lifeboy001 thread starter macrumors member

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    Yes, that much has been figured out...for some reason, I cannot format (or execute any useful functions for that matter) this particular drive. The only reason being that I can see would be that is is designated read-only for some reason and I cannot change that...

    Richard
     
  4. Heb1228 macrumors 68020

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    Disk Utility should be able to override any write-protection. Make sure you have the drive highlighted in the left column of disk-utility. (The actual drive, which is located above the volume.) Then select Partition, and select one partition (assuming you want a single partition) , name it, and click on Partition. See if this works.
     

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