Trying to kill a hard drive, need help

Blackheart

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Mar 13, 2004
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So, I have this awesome little 10GB external firewire hard drive. At one point, I restored an OS X install DVD on it in order to install OS X on a computer with no DVD drive. Unfortunately, it's now indestructible and I'm begging for any ideas of how to tame this beast.

Things I've tried:
1) Using Disk Utility to erase it
Result: Volume Erase failed with the error: Could not unmount disk

2) Unmounting disk
Result: The disk “Untitled” could not be unmounted. Make sure that all applications and files are closed on this disk.
* there are certainly no applications using ANYTHING on the disk.

3) Using 'sudo rm -r /Volumes/Untitled/*'
Result: an overwhelming number of lines much like 'rm: /Volumes/Untitled/var: Invalid argument'

4) Ejecting the disk in finder
Result: The disk "Untitled" is in use and could not be ejected. Try quitting applications and try again.
* still no applications open

5) Booting into single-user mode and using 'diskutil verifyVolume Untitled'
Result: The Powermac's fans take off line an airplane and I quit the command I ran and restart the computer... I don't want it to die or anything.

EDIT:
6) Renaming the volume within Finder
Result: The name "blah" cannot be used. Try using another name, with fewer characters or no punctuation marks.

I hope to God that someone has a winning answer!

Thanks in advance.
 

Eidorian

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Mar 23, 2005
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Tried to format it using another operating system? Otherwise the drive table looks dead. If you can't touch the drive via OS then just destroy it and get a new one.
 

Blackheart

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Mar 13, 2004
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Seattle
Eidorian said:
Tried to format it using another operating system? Otherwise the drive table looks dead. If you can't touch the drive via OS then just destroy it and get a new one.
Thanks for the idea! I booted up from an Ubuntu live CD and used the partition program to assign it a "DiskLabel". FWIW, before I did that there was a lock icon on the main partition.

Problem solved!
 

Eidorian

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Mar 23, 2005
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Blackheart said:
Thanks for the idea! I booted up from an Ubuntu live CD and used the partition program to assign it a "DiskLabel". FWIW, before I did that there was a lock icon on the main partition.

Problem solved!
Ah Live CD's are great for that. I had a dead flash that no OS could touch. Luckily I got it replaced.
 
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