Is it possible to erase an external hard drive?

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  1. a-m-k macrumors 6502a

    a-m-k

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    I have a question about an external hard drive that I used with my old MBP. Considering the fact that it has things from the snow lion OSX, which eventually included errors. I don't think I actually need anything on it anymore because I used senuti to retrieve my iPod songs.

    Can I erase the external hard drive and reset it to factory settings? I don't want to put the errors accidentally.

    Thank you. :)
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Sure, you can use Disk Utility to reformat the drive, wiping it clean.
     
  4. bgiaach macrumors member

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    Just plug it into your computer, open Finder>Applications>Utilities>Disk Utility

    On the left side of the application find the external disk you want to erase, select it and then click the erase button.
     
  5. a-m-k thread starter macrumors 6502a

    a-m-k

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    Thank you, you three! So when I "plug" it in for the first time, it won't start to automatically do anything? Unless I "tell" it to?
     
  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Correct.
     
  7. simsaladimbamba

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    It will not start anything besides Mac OS X asking you, if you want to use the HDD for Time Machine, to which you answer what you want.
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  8. a-m-k thread starter macrumors 6502a

    a-m-k

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    Thank you. :)
     

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