how do i delete off pc formatted hard drive?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by MP3Architect, May 21, 2006.

  1. MP3Architect macrumors newbie

    Apr 18, 2006
    so i have a pc formatted hard drive and no pc in sight. ive sucessfully moved the files i need from the hard drive to the mac but now i NEED to delete them asap!!!!!! like there are files there that need to be deleted/corrupted/whatever before i leave tomorrow as i am going to rome for 3 months and some of the files on the hard drive contain very personal information that i need to get rid of. but not all of the hard drive. only some files. so i need to know what i can do to get rid of files on an external hard drive that was formatted for PC using only a mac. please help me quick!!!!
  2. LastLine macrumors 65816

    Aug 24, 2005
    Can you do a get info on the drive and look what format it's in? Is it Fat32 or NTFS (Assuming the later as you can't delete)
  3. Egosphere macrumors member

    Apr 21, 2006
    OS X can't modify NTFS-formatted drives. It only has the ability to read them.
    If you copied everything you need from the drive and want to destroy all information left on the drive, you can reformat it. Of course, OS X can't format something in NTFS. But, you can just format it in FAT and everything on the drive will be cleared and the drive will be usable. (Also, when formatted in FAT, it can fully accessed by OS X, Windows, and Linux.)
  4. steve_hill4 macrumors 68000


    May 15, 2005
    NG9, England
    As above. Go into Applications>Utilities>Disk Utility and select the drive and erase to whatever file format you require. If you choose MS-DOS, it will be FAT32. Again, this may not be the best for any given system, but it is the most universal.

    If there are any files you want to keep on there, drag them across to your Mac, (if enough space left on your Mac HD), and then back again when you have reformatted. The obvious choice I would say.
  5. MP3Architect thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 18, 2006
    thanks guys. good idea. i formatted the drive to fat so it could still be used with PCs and i can finally edit with MAC.

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