Wd ex. Hard drive

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  1. longthizzz macrumors regular

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    So I'm trying to erase my WD external hard drive ... but i keep on getting the " Unable to write to last block of device " , i try partiintiog it but no work ,

    any help?
     
  2. Fishrrman macrumors G3

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    Just wondering -- do you by any chance have or know of a Windows machine that you could connect the drive to?

    Suggestion:
    Try erasing the drive on the Windows machine, and see if that works.
    If it does, bring it back to the Mac, and try again...
     
  3. Weaselboy Moderator

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    I have read of people fixing this with iPartition. You can use the free demo.
     
  4. xraydoc macrumors demi-god

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    I had a similar issue. I have a 1TB Seagate mini Firewire 800 drive that I use as a Time Machine backup on my Mac mini at work. The backup had been encrypted, but one day upon rebooting my mini (the building somehow lost power one night), the drive wouldn't accept the password require to decrypt and mount the volume.

    Fortunately it was just a Time Machine backup and I could erase it and start fresh. Unfortunately, there was nothing I could do to get Disk Utility to erase or repartition the drive. It kept failing due to inability to either mount or unmount. It's possible the drive was damaged physically when the power cut out, but I wasn't convinced.

    I put the drive on a Windows PC, reformatted it to NTFS, verified it's SMART status, took it back to the Mac and reformatted to GUID/jHFS. All seems to be working correctly again. This time, I chose not to encrypt the backup (even though the mini itself has File Vault turned on).
     
  5. longthizzz thread starter macrumors regular

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    when i hook it up to windows , it doesn't read
     
  6. xraydoc macrumors demi-god

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    You'll need to format it first. Do you know how to format a drive on Windows? It's actually not a simple process if you've never done before.
     
  7. longthizzz thread starter macrumors regular

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    no clue on how to do so
     
  8. xraydoc macrumors demi-god

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    That's why you can't see the drive on Windows - it's not going to notice a Mac-formatted drive.

    A quick Google search will tell you how to format a drive on a PC with Windows.
     

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