How to erase data from hard drive?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by hybridge, Apr 3, 2010.

  1. hybridge macrumors newbie

    Mar 31, 2010
    Very new wth mac. Got my first power mac G5 running OS x 10.5.8. I want to add second hard drive. I took the 320GB hard drive out of my Dish Network HD DVR receiver. Tried to erase the data from the drive by using Disk Utility and did not go through. It detect the drive but show 0 byte. Does anyone know what can I do? Thanks for any help.
  2. Heath macrumors regular

    Aug 19, 2005
    I'm guessing you'll have to reformat it as a HFS+ drive for it to be usable in your Mac.
  3. hybridge thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 31, 2010
    Any how to? or do I need to use third party software to reformat it?
  4. Gregg2 macrumors 603

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    I'm guessing that even a real hardware pro (not I!) will need more info about that hard drive to be able to help you. Can you give any specs? connection type? other details?
  5. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040


    Jan 25, 2009
    Here are some pretty good instructions on how to do this:

    Formatting & Partitioning a Hard Drive in OS X - Tiger and Leopard

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