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  1. #1

    Member Since
    Mar 29, 2008
    External Hard Drive Problems
    I got a 500 gig Western Digital My Book external hard drive before I got my MacBook so I could save all of my stuff off of my old gateway laptop which was on its last breath of life to transfer to my new mac when I got it. It comes preformatted with a HFS+ partition for Mac that can't be used on windows so to use it with my gateway I had to remove all of the stuff that came on it. Now that I have my MacBook I want to remove everything that is on it since I already transferred it over and use it for time capsule. When I try to delete what is on it I get this message: "Sorry, the operation could not be completed because an unexpected error occurred. (Error code -61)". I figured this was because I didn't have the files that came on the drive anymore so I got on the Western Digital site and downloaded the file I thought I needed, but I can't put it onto the drive because it says the drive can't be modified. I tried using parallels to download the file and add it to the drive but parallels doesn't recognize that the drive is connected.

    Am I missing something obvious? Am I doomed to not be able to use my expensive drive? What should I do?
    I appreciate any help I can get with this matter

  2. #2

    chscag's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 23, 2008
    Keller, Texas
    2017 27" iMac, 10.5" iPad Pro, iPhone 6s+, iPhone 7+, Numerous iPods, High Sierra
    Mount the drive on your Mac and Use Disk Utility to erase the drive. Then create a single HFS+ formatted partition on the drive and you should be good to go.


  3. #3

    Member Since
    Mar 29, 2008
    That sounds like a good idea. If only I knew how to do it...

    I'm sorry I just got my mac and I don't know how to do a lot of stuff on it yet.

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    KeithTeeple's Avatar
    Member Since
    Sep 02, 2008
    Burlington, Ontario
    2 GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM MacBook, 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    I have a similar problem. I also get the error you get in a lot of other applications, Sorry, an unexpected error occurred.

    Press any key to continue, or any other key to cancel.

    There are 10 kinds of people in the world: Those who understand binary
    and those who don't.

  5. #5

    Member Since
    Mar 29, 2008
    Never mind, I some how figured it out.
    Thanks for your help!

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