Suddenly cannot delete anything from external hard drive

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by videotastic, Apr 5, 2009.

  1. videotastic macrumors newbie

    Mar 29, 2009
    Hey everyone,

    I have been using a Seagate 1TB external hard drive (Mac OS Extended Format) to archive some of my videos for the past 6 months. I have been using it with no problems whatsoever until now. Today I fired it up and tried to delete a few files from the drive and nothing happens. I drag the files to the trash and hit "Secure Empty Trash" from the finder menu. I hear the "crinkle" sound of the trash emptying, but when I look in the trash the files are still refuses to delete the files.

    None of the files are locked and I have full permissions on both the hard drive and the files. I have never had a problem deleting files until now.

    Any thoughts on what is wrong and how I can fix this?

  2. DPA macrumors 65816


    Have you tried repairing permissions via Disk Utility?

  3. txnoob macrumors 6502

    Mar 12, 2009
    What he said.
  4. videotastic thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 29, 2009
    I tried doing that, but the option to repair permissions is greyed out. Same when I tried with Disk Warrior.
  5. videotastic thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 29, 2009
    Nevermind...I just rebuilt using Disk Warrior and it works again. Not sure what happened, but it's good to go again.

    Thanks for the help.

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