How to delete HDD Partition maps (MAC)?

Gaslight

Well-known Member
This is probably a very amateur question but I am having trouble formatting a 3.5" HDD

Its a NAS drive, which ended up with problems after a power cut from the recent storm.

I wanted to try and format it to see if I could get it to work before committing to purchasing a new unit. On the NAS it showed as IO errors, and its been stated online to try an external format and then reinsert it 50/50 it may work.

However, I cant seem to delete the partition maps, or change them or anything. I presume it would be advisable to do this before reinserting the drive to begin its RAID rebuild which is automatic on my QNAP.

Any advice would be welcomed!

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Jamie

Distinguished Member
Do you have an Intel processor or an M1 Apple Processor Mac?

I still use an Intel Mac and for dealing with this sort of task would use a bootable USB or CD with GPartedLive on it.

Not an option on an M1 mac though
 

Gaslight

Well-known Member
Do you have an Intel processor or an M1 Apple Processor Mac?

I still use an Intel Mac and for dealing with this sort of task would use a bootable USB or CD with GPartedLive on it.

Not an option on an M1 mac though

Its an Intel Macbook , but as its an external drive Im formatting (to use in a NAS), does it matter?

I just want to format the drive and remove the partitions
 

Jamie

Distinguished Member
My use of the software is generally with a disc in an external enclosure, most recently I used it to partition a small SSD to use with a raspberry pi music system I put together. The live version essentially boots a lite version of Linux So it supports most formats you'd likely need.
 

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