Formatting external hard drive

Wilbert Heeringa wjheeringa at
Mon Nov 2 19:26:24 UTC 2015

Dear everybody,

I'm trying to format an external harddrive (Seagate Backup Plus 4 TB) with
parted. When doing so, this results in an error message:

*error fsyncing*/*closing*/dev/sdf: *input*/

*output error*
Both gparted and disk utility did not work either, but parted was the only
program that gave a real error message.

Does anyone have an idea how to proceed with this?

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