disc utility/erasing external drive query...

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by bob2131, Aug 25, 2008.

  1. bob2131 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 27, 2008
    ive tried to erase an external usb hard drive using disc utility on my macbook. the drive was previously used by my pc for backups.

    so wanna reformat it and back my mac up with it.

    i opened disc utility and pressed erase. and it said unable to mount the hard drive, and i clicked ok, now there is a partitioning status bar running.....is anything happening? or has it crashed? partitioning? i just wanna erase it all....

  2. bob2131 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jul 27, 2008
    when i try to quit it says in middle of operation and if do quit, it may make the external drive un-usable.....

    but im not sure if its actaully erasing, or just stuck in limbo, its getting hot...

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