Can't format hard drive in Leopard?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by SuperSnake2012, Oct 27, 2007.

  1. SuperSnake2012 macrumors 6502a

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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:

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    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.
     
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  3. plightbo macrumors newbie

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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 :(
     
  4. plightbo macrumors newbie

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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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