Error when deleting files from external HD

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by runlsd, Mar 17, 2009.

  1. runlsd macrumors 6502


    Mar 17, 2009
    Hi there,

    I bought my first mac (Aluminum Macbook 2.0GHz) a few days ago. So far so good. The learning curve wasn't as steep as imagined.

    There's an error I haven't been able to resolve. I transferred all my files to my external hard drive. A 500GB Western Digital HD. When I try to delete files from the external HD I first get this message:

    "The item "whateveri'mtryingto.delete" will be deleted immediately
    Are you sure you want to continue?"

    I click continue and I get this:
    "Sorry, the operation could not be completed because an unexpected error occurred.
    (Error code -61)"

    Your help will be much appreciated.
  2. JediMeister macrumors 68040

    Oct 9, 2008
    What format is the external hard drive? Typically it will be FAT32 or NTFS. If its NTFS, the Mac can read from it, it cannot write/unwrite(delete) files from it. You could reformat the drive, which would remove ALL data from it, or delete files on the drive from a Windows computer.
  3. Jethryn Freyman macrumors 68020

    Jethryn Freyman

    Aug 9, 2007
    There is a free kernel extension called NTFS-3G which allows OS X to write to NTFS formatted drives.
  4. runlsd thread starter macrumors 6502


    Mar 17, 2009
    Thanks for pointing out the formatting. I was able to convert it to FAT32. Now I need to move all my files, which are spread out across three computers, back on the external hard drive. Takes a while but now my external hard drive goes both ways. Thanks again,


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