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Thread: Can't erase Linux ext2 partition on my Mac

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    Can't erase Linux ext2 partition on my Mac

    I have on a USB external a Linux partition in ext2; I can't erase it from within Linux because it wont boot (See here) hence the reason I'm doing it. My goal is to have a single partition that I can reinstall linux onto. Disk Utility used to be able to repartition over the ext2 but now won't, saying

    Disk Erase failed with the error:

    Operation timed out


    This happens when creating the partition map. I think I've narrowed the problem down to the Linux partition which when I try to erase says

    Disk Erase failed with the error:

    Could not unmount disk.


    I find this a bit funny because the disk isn't mounted because OS X can't read ext2 (I couldn't get ext2fs to work), see my puzzle?

    Thank you in advance

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    Re: Can't erase Linux ext2 partition on my Mac

    boot the Ubuntu LiveCD and run the partition editor (gparted). It will allow you to completely reformat the hard drive.

    You will have issues trying to install and boot from an external hard drive anyway. See the Apple Intel FAQ at the top of the forum.

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