Error when deleting files from external HD

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

  1. runlsd macrumors 6502

    runlsd

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    #1
    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

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    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

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    Australia
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    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

    runlsd

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    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,

    John
     

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