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Unable to Format 30 GIG Quantum Fireball Plus hard drive?

I had a working 30 GIG Quantum Fireball Plus hard drive. I need to install it in a iMac G3 233 to donate. I tried to partition the first 8GIGs at 7.5 to be able install the system correctly. The partitioning failed with a "Resource busy" error. Then tried a standard OSX extended format, same error. Then tried a zero all data and I get:

Disk Erase failed with the error:

Resource busy

I have it in an external Firewire enclosure, hooked to a G5 MacPro 2.0GHz DP. Any ideas?

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Richard i"m not sure this will help but the consensus I get reading on this issue you need to unmount the partitions and then proceed with your formating. I know you are a very knowledgeable searcher but am going to include one of many URL's that I found on the subject. Hope this is of some help. Ralph

http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?s...

http://hints.macworld.com/comment.php?mo...

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Thanks for the work. + the partitioned volume disappeared when the partition failed. If I unmount now There will be noting to work with.

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Hi, digging around a little more I found a suggestion that by using an earlier version of the OS (i/e 10.3) you could do what you need to do. I don't know if it would work but you can try. Ralph

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Thanks Ralph. You & I seem to be the only ones that kn ow about these old babies. Will have to find a 10.3 machine. Will let you know.

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