OT: Erasing an MS DOS FAT volume on a mac?

P N Stenquist pnstenquist at comcast.net
Fri Oct 16 17:45:40 EDT 2009

Thanks to all who replied. It's a Maxtor disk, and the Mac version of  
one-touch backup software was running. That's why it wouldn't erased.  
After quitting one-touch I was able to reformat it.
On Oct 16, 2009, at 5:02 PM, Bruce Walker wrote:

> P N Stenquist wrote:
>> I picked up a 500 gig Maxtor drive for next to nothing. I hooked it  
>> up to my IMac 24, and system 10.5 recognizes it, and I can access  
>> the files that are on it. But I want to erase it. It's formated  
>> with MSDOS FAT, and the Mac disk utility won't erase it. What do I  
>> need to reformat it to Mac Extended?
>> Paul
> Won't erase it? That's odd. Unless the drive is somehow write- 
> protected the Disk Utility will happily reformat *any* mountable  
> volume you present it with.  Make sure you select the drive itself  
> and not one of its existing volumes when you try to select Erase.   
> Select Mac OS Extended (Journaled) as the type, and don't bother  
> with Erase Free Space or the security options.
> -bmw
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