Can't format hard drive in Leopard?

SuperSnake2012

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Original poster
Oct 11, 2005
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I'm trying to format my external hard drive so I can get all the junk off to use for Time Machine. In Disk Utility when I try to format it, it gives me an error:



I can eject it from Finder. I've tried restarting, unplugging and plugging it back in but I keep getting this error. Any ideas? :confused: I'm using an enclosure w/ USB 2.0. I'm using the original hard drive that came with my Macbook (Seagate 80GB drive) for the external.
 

plightbo

macrumors newbie
Oct 28, 2007
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I'm having the _exact_ same problem on both my laptops that I upgraded yesterday. It also happens on both of the brand new external hard drives I picked up from Costco, over both USB and Firewire. Seems to me like something is really busted with Disk Utility on Leapard :(
 

plightbo

macrumors newbie
Oct 28, 2007
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Turns out I got this working by using a tiny 1GB empty partition. For some reason when doing that the format would go through. Strange.
 

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