WONT LET ME ERASE DISK!

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by topspin98, Mar 4, 2005.

  1. topspin98 macrumors member

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    I go to disk utility.
    Pick my 74.5 GB Fujitsu MHT20...
    Go to Erase folder button.
    it wont let me press erase.

    It says Mac OS Extended (journaled) as the Volume Format. and the name is untitled. And it also wont let me change anything or do anything here,

    Any ideas?
     
  2. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

    edesignuk

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    OMG THAT SUCKS! :p

    What error do you get? I assume this disk is not your boot drive? (Sorry, have to ask).
     
  3. topspin98 thread starter macrumors member

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    I have no idea
     
  4. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

    edesignuk

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    I suppose it's too much to ask you to look???

    For god sake, you want help, help us help you. Or just don't bother...like I'm not going to now.
     
  5. topspin98 thread starter macrumors member

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    u dont have to be bitchy about it geezz
     
  6. topspin98 thread starter macrumors member

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    its just not letting me press anything in that folder.
     
  7. jimsowden macrumors 68000

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    Are you trying to erase a volume you're booting off of? That would be asinine.
     
  8. topspin98 thread starter macrumors member

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    umm, im new to mac. and what do they mean by volume.
    I just wanna erase ery thing on that disk
     
  9. jackieonasses macrumors 6502a

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    If it is the boot drive.... .you need to learn a few things.

    Boot off of your panther cd.... then erase.

    why would you ever want to erase your boot disk without the cd (if you even could) I know you can't just simple logic shows the need to be in something else...

    kyle


    p.s boot drive means your startup disk. or your boot disk. If it is the hard drive you are using to run os x.
     
  10. yellow Moderator emeritus

    yellow

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    This is babble. "press"? "folder"?

    If it's not letting you erase the drive when you select it in Disk Utility, then 99% likely it's your boot drive, which you cannot erase when you're booted from it. If you want to erase it, boot from your installer CD and select Disk Utility from the Installer menu and erase your boot disk, kissing all your data goodbye... so I hope you have a backup.
     
  11. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    Logical mounted units.

    Floppies, internal hard drives, CD-R/RWs, DVD-R/RW/RAMs, external hard drives, partitions, USB flash drives, etc..
     
  12. topspin98 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks. ill do that now.
     
  13. yellow Moderator emeritus

    yellow

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    Make sure that the person whose comptuer you're about to toast has a back up of everything!
     

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