Trying to kill a hard drive, need help

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  1. Blackheart macrumors 6502a

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    So, I have this awesome little 10GB external firewire hard drive. At one point, I restored an OS X install DVD on it in order to install OS X on a computer with no DVD drive. Unfortunately, it's now indestructible and I'm begging for any ideas of how to tame this beast.

    Things I've tried:
    1) Using Disk Utility to erase it
    Result: Volume Erase failed with the error: Could not unmount disk

    2) Unmounting disk
    Result: The disk “Untitled” could not be unmounted. Make sure that all applications and files are closed on this disk.
    * there are certainly no applications using ANYTHING on the disk.

    3) Using 'sudo rm -r /Volumes/Untitled/*'
    Result: an overwhelming number of lines much like 'rm: /Volumes/Untitled/var: Invalid argument'

    4) Ejecting the disk in finder
    Result: The disk "Untitled" is in use and could not be ejected. Try quitting applications and try again.
    * still no applications open

    5) Booting into single-user mode and using 'diskutil verifyVolume Untitled'
    Result: The Powermac's fans take off line an airplane and I quit the command I ran and restart the computer... I don't want it to die or anything.

    EDIT:
    6) Renaming the volume within Finder
    Result: The name "blah" cannot be used. Try using another name, with fewer characters or no punctuation marks.

    I hope to God that someone has a winning answer!

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. someguy macrumors 68020

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  3. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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  4. Blackheart thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Blackheart

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    Eeek, maybe I should have mentioned. My end goal is to erase it and put stuff on it.
     
  5. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Tried to format it using another operating system? Otherwise the drive table looks dead. If you can't touch the drive via OS then just destroy it and get a new one.
     
  6. srf4real macrumors 68030

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  7. Blackheart thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Blackheart

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    Thanks for the idea! I booted up from an Ubuntu live CD and used the partition program to assign it a "DiskLabel". FWIW, before I did that there was a lock icon on the main partition.

    Problem solved!
     
  8. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Ah Live CD's are great for that. I had a dead flash that no OS could touch. Luckily I got it replaced.
     

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