11798 Views 9 Replies Latest reply: Apr 27, 2008 8:50 AM by Kevin Bleicher
I have the same problem with a Simpletech Duo Pro Drive. After hacking around a little I discovered that this is a bug in Leopard. Not sure if you're using Leopard or not. But what I did was boot my Mac into the Install disks of Tiger and then ran the Disk Utility from there and it worked like a charm. Hope this helps!
THANK YOU! I tried to re-boot using the install disk of Leopard and nothing worked. It kept with the same error "resource busy." Did as you said with Tiger's install disk (good thing I still had it) and used the erase function which worked perfectly in the Disk Utility. The partition option didn't work.
I thought the error was with Simpletech and returned two other drives as defective. I owe Simpletech a huge apology for doing that. Leopard is amazing but these bugs just drive me crazy.
Remy, you saved me a lot of frustration so thank you again!!
After battling this problem for hours and searching infinite useless internet forums, I was able to develop a workaround at least. If you cannot get a drive to work using the 'Disk Utility" app, Try this:
WARNING: All data on disk will be lost!!!
1) connect any external drive you are having issues with
2) open a terminal (apps>utilities>terminal)
3) 'diskutil list' to identify the drive name (should be something like /dev/diskX) - you can recognize it by the size, hopefully
4) 'diskutil eraseVolume "MS-DOS FAT32" "NEWDISK" /dev/diskX'
and that should work. I tried it first with all versions of "HFS" types and it kept failing. My guess is that some hard drives interfaced thru firewire just cannot support MAC filesystems ??? At least with my case, it is true.
Hope this helps.
Yeah I got a 1TB Western Digital MyBook that I had working beautifully for about a month and then just one day it stopped working. I don't have any Windows Vista machines (from the couple of weeks I tried Vista, it seemed like it could have been made by Norton, so bloated and worried about security I could never do anything with it without it crashing so I installed XP over it), but XP Pro doesn't even see it (both in VMware and a real PC running XP Pro) but Disk Utilty sees it but I am getting this error, I cant partition or erase or repair or anything. I tried the Tiger install disk utility, had the same problem and I just tried fiaafnr's trick and it immediately got an error trying to erase it. Luckily I got it at Costco so I'm taking it back.