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uninstall OS X and use disk for storage

457 Views 9 Replies Latest reply: Sep 9, 2013 2:37 PM by BDAqua RSS
Vernon Alexander Level 2 Level 2 (440 points)
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Sep 5, 2013 2:42 PM

I want to remove OS X from a drive to use it only for storage, I have tried to move the system to the trash but keep runnung into permission problmes.

 

How do I get the operating system off the drive?  I cannot erase the 1T drive because it holds all of my iTunes music and videos with 50 gigs remaining. I do not want to purchase another drive just to reformat this drive,

 

I do not want to use the drive as a boot up drive.

 

Why is it so hard to delete the system? 

 

Why am I getting so many "You do not have suffecient permissions?"

 

Thanks for any help

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,685 points)
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    Sep 5, 2013 9:20 PM (in response to Vernon Alexander)

    Hi, personally I'd want a second bootable drive for safety.

     

    In Finder do a Get Info on that drive, what rights does it show?

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,685 points)
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    Sep 6, 2013 10:06 AM (in response to Vernon Alexander)

    In Theory that should work, but I found earlier versions of TM quite quirky/unreliable when it came time to Restore things.

     

    I'd want a 3rd backup of those 880GB for sure.

    I chose the entire hard drive and selected applied to enclosed items after that, the system seemed corrupt.

    Have you tried Disk Utility's Repair Permissions on that drive?

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,685 points)
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    Sep 6, 2013 6:36 PM (in response to Vernon Alexander)

    Sounds like that drive might be failing.

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,685 points)
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    Sep 8, 2013 10:38 AM (in response to Vernon Alexander)

    OK, keep us posted please.

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,685 points)
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    Sep 9, 2013 2:37 PM (in response to Vernon Alexander)

    I have heard… Though have not confirmed… That zeroing out a hard drive will help eliminate bad blocks and can cure some mechanical problems.

    Yes, it is possible, how likely can't say, or of it does fix it, how long it could go after that.

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