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How to Delete Files from Seagate Exteranl Hard Drive Mac & Windows [2022 Guide]

Roxanne

Sep 21, 2022 to NTFS for Mac

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Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Delete Files on Mac Method 1. Use Command + Delete Shortcut...Full steps
Method 2. Drag & Drop Files to Trash...Full steps
Method 3. Erase the Entire Hard Drive...Full steps
Delete Files on Windows Method 1. Delete Files from File Explorer...Full steps
Method 2. Format the External Hard Drive...Full steps
Method 3. Use the EaseUS BitWiper...Full steps
Fix Can't Delete Files on Mac/Windows Troubleshooting 1: Can't Delete on Mac...Full steps
Troubleshooting 2: Can't Delete on Windows...Full steps

Seagate is one of the most popular manufacturers of external hardware for Mac and Windows. They have a wide range of hard drives with many handier features to make data storage more convenient and accessible. Seagate external storages are easy to use because they don"t have complicated features. 

However, some users don't understand how to delete files from their Seagate external storage. Besides, they also face some errors while deleting files from their Seagate external hard drives. Do you also have the same issue? We have got you covered right here. 

We have created a step-by-step tutorial explaining How to Delete Files from Seagate External Hard Drive. This tutorial walks you through the steps to delete data from the Seagate hard drive external storage on a Mac and Windows PC. You must carefully follow each step to successfully delete files from your Seagate external hard drive.

Read ahead and check how to delete files from Seagate's external hard drive on Mac and Windows.  

How to Delete Files from Seagate External Hard Drive on Mac

There are three methods to delete files from the Seagate external drive on Mac. Follow the steps to delete data from your Seagate external drive on Mac. 

Note: Make sure that your Seagate external hard drive is properly connected to your Mac before starting deleting files from your drive. 

Method 1. Use Command + Delete Shortcut

Step 1. Connect your Seagate external hard drive with your Mac.

Step 2. Then, open your external hard drive. 

Step 3. Select the files you want to delete, and press "Command + Delete".

shortcut to delete files from seagate external hard drive on mac

Method 2. Drag & Drop Files to Trash

Step 1. Open your Seagate external storage.

Step 2. Select files you want to delete from your Seagate external hard drive.

Step 3. Then, drag and drop those files in the "Trash" folder to delete them.

drag and drop files into the trash icon

Method 3. Erase the Entire Hard Drive

Step 1. Head over to the "Utilities" windows, select "Disk Utility," and then click on the "Continue" button.

Step 2. Select your Seagate external storage in the sidebar of the "Disk Utility" window.

Step 3. Then, click the "Erase" button to wipe your entire Seagate external hard disk. 

erase external hard drive

These three methods to delete files from your Seagate external hard drive on Mac. Read the following section to figure out how to delete files from your Seagate external drive on Windows. 

How to Delete Files From Seagate External Hard Drive on Windows

There are also three methods to delete files from your Seagate external hard drive on Windows. So, check all the methods to delete files from the Seagate hard drive forever. 

Note: Ensure your Seagate external storage is properly connected to your Windows PC.

Method 1. Delete Files from File Explorer

Step 1. Open "File Explorer" on your Windows PC. 

Step 2. Double-click on your Seagate external hard drive. 

Step 3. Right-click on the file you want to delete from your external hard drive. 

Step 4. Then, click on the "Bin" icon to remove the selected file from your Seagate external hard drive. 

delete files from windows file explorer

Method 2. Format the External Hard Drive

Step 1. Open "File Explorer" on your Windows PC and right-click on your external hard drive. 

Step 2. Click on the "Format" option. 

format external drive in windows file explorer

Step 3. After that, click on the "Start" button to start formatting your Seagate external hard drive. 

Method 3. Use the EaseUS BitWiper

EaseUS BitWiper is a computer that lets you delete all your private and confidential files with a single click and quickly. This software has all basic to advanced features that make data destruction easier. You can use EaseUS BitWiper software to permanently wipe all your data stored in your external hard drives. One of the best features of EaseUS Bit Wiper is it also lets you permanently wipe recoverable data stored in your HDDs and SSDs. It ensures that no one can access your wiped data in any way to use it for any malicious purposes. 

Step 1. Launch EaseUS BitWiper and click "File Shredder".

Select File Shredder

Step 2. Click "Add Files" to select the files you need to shred, or you can drag files, documents, images, music files, etc., into the center area.

Select files to shred

Step 3. Re-select files that you need to shred and click "Shred" to confirm.

Confirm to shred files

Step 4. The program will immediately shred all the selected files. When it finishes, click "Done".

Complete shredding files

Why Use EaseUS BitWiper? 

  1. 1. Wipe Any External Storage or Hard Drive: EaseUS BitWiper lets you permanently erase any external storage or hard drive, such as USBs, SD cards, memory sticks, HDD, SDD, etc. 
  2. 2. Flexible Data Erasing Mode: With Flexible Data Erasing Mode, you can forever delete all the data that can be easily recovered. Besides, you can also shred files that can't be deleted.
  3. 3. Fast and Reliable: EaseUS BitWiper lets you erase all your data permanently in a few seconds and clicks. Additionally, you can select the speed at which you want to delete data from your external storage and hard drive.

These are three methods to erase files from your Seagate external drive on Windows. Read the following section to know the causes and fixes of "Can't Delete Files from Seagate External Hard Drive Error" on Mac.

Fix Can't Delete Files from Seagate External Hard Drive on Mac/Windows

Some users also get a "Can't Delete Files from Seagate External Hard" error while deleting files from the hard drive. This happens with Windows as well as Mac users. In addition, there could be multiple reasons behind this. This section states the most common causes of these errors. It also shows how to fix the "Can't Delete Files From Seagate External Hard Drive" on Mac/Windows. 

Troubleshooting 1: Can't Delete Files from Seagate External Hard Drive on Mac 

If you cannot delete files from Seagate External Storage on Mac, there could be several reasons behind this.

  • Seagate is not appropriately connected to Mac
  • Seagate is with the NTFS file system
  • Permission issue
  • Virus infection

Read the following section to know the steps to fix these issues. This way, you can get rid of the "Can't delete Files from Seagate External Hard Drive' error on Mac.

#1. Reconnect External Hard Drive, Switch Connection Cable, and Change USB Port

If you are getting this error repeatedly when trying to delete the files, there is a possibility of something wrong with your hard drive connection. It is possible that your Seagate external drive isn't properly connected to your Mac. We would suggest plug-out the USB cable and then plugging it again. You should then attempt to delete the files again. 

If the error keeps coming, you should troubleshoot your USB connection cable and USB port. There could be a fault with your USB cable and USB port. First, replace the current cord with a new one, then try erasing the files again. If the issue persists, we suggest you plug the cable into another USB port. 

#2. Scan and Clean Virus

We know what a virus can do. A virus can harm different parts of your Mac, including hard drives. 

Viruses can easily configure your Mac settings and core files without your permission. These changed settings could prevent you from deleting your external hard drive files. 

Here's the solution now. You need to run a thorough scan to determine whether your Mac is infected with the virus. If you find something malicious, you need to remove this to make your Mac safe. After cleaning the virus, your Mac will return to its default settings. You don"t need to do anything. To scan and remove viruses from your Mac, you can use any reputed and effective antivirus program, such as Norton 360, McAfee Total Protection, etc. Antivirus programs take care of everything for you, from scanning the system to repairing the files. 

Notice: You must run a "Deep Scan" to let the software scan each file thoroughly for viruses. You can run a "Quick Scan" once you run a "Deep Scan".

#3. Ignore Permission and Get Full Control of Seagate External Storage

Mac can easily restrict read and write permission on an external disk. You can easily ignore all the permissions by executing some commands in Mac's Terminal application. Follow the steps:

Step 1. Press "Command + Space Bar" to open "Spotlight Search" and type "Terminal." 

Step 2. Type the following command in the Terminal and hit the "Enter" key. 

sudo nano /etc/fstab

Step 3. After entering the command, it will open the /etc/fstab file. You now need to enter the password to proceed further. 

terminal command

Step 4. In the /etc/fstab file, type the following command: 

LABLE=VOLUME_NAME none ntfs rw,auto,nowbrowse

terminal command

Step 5. Now, you have to change the VOLUME_NAME with the name of your NTFS drive.

Step 6. Once done, press the "Enter" key on your Mac keyboard, and save the file by pressing "Ctrl + X".

Step 7. Reconnect your Seagate external hard drive to your Mac. 

Step 8. Hover your arrow on the "Go" option, then click on the "Go to Folder" option from the sub-menu. 

Step 9. Then, type /Volumes and press the "Go" button.

Step 10. Now, open your Seagate external drive and try deleting the files again. 

#4. Enable Write and Read Support to Mac on Seagate External Hard Drive

Notably, the Seagate hard drive comes with NTFS support. Because of the HFS file system, macOS cannot read or write. It would be best if you introduced read and write permission in your Mac for your NTFS-supported external hard drives. And EaseUS NTFS for Mac is one of the best tools to do this on Mac. 

Step 1. Launch and activate EaseUS NTFS for Mac. Click "I already have a license" to unlock this software.

Activate EaseUS NTFS for Mac

Step 2. Connect an NTFS drive to Mac, EaseUS NTFS for Mac will automatically detect the device. Select your drive and you'll see it's now marked as 'Read-only". Click "Enable Writable" to add read and write rights to the drive.

enable writable write to NTFS drive

Step 3. When the state of NTFS drives turns into "Writable".

Make changes to saved files on NTFS drive

Step 4. EaseUS NTFS for Mac will pops up a window to help Mac get access to the NTFS drive:

  1. 1. Select "Full Disk Access", click the Lock icon and enter admin password to unlock it.
  2. 2. Select the two icons of NTFS for Mac.
  3. 3. Drag them to the "Full Disk Access" list.
  4. 4. Click " Quit & Restore" to re-launch EaseUS NTFS for Mac.

Gain NTFS access

Step 5. When EaseUS NTFS for Mac restarts, you can then open to check, read, write, and even modify saved data on the NTFS device.

Read,write, open, and modify files on NTFS drives

EaseUS NTFS for Mac lets you add you read and write support in your Mac for your NTFS-supported external hard drives with ease. Your Mac will be NTFS-ready in a single click. EaseUS NTFS for Mac is currently the best software because of its handier yet valuable features. 

Why Use EaseUS NTFS for Mac?

  1. 1. Mount and Unmount Without Any Commands: One of the best features of EaseUS NTFS for Mac lets you mount and unmount partitions without using the Terminal application. You can easily find a solution when an external hard drive won't mount on Mac.
  2. 2. Read and Write Partitions on Mac: Mac doesn't support NTFS drives. It only supports HFS drives. But, EaseUS NTFS makes this possible. You can easily add the ability in your Mac to read and write NTFS drives with ease.
  3. 3. NTFS Driver for External Hard Drives on Mac: EaseUS NTFS for Mac also supports reading and writing Seagate external drives previously used with Windows. You can easily use the Windows-supported hard drive with your Mac. 

#5. Delete Files from Seagate External Hard Drive on Mac

Step 1. Properly connect your Seagate external drive with your system.

Step 2. Then, open your Seagate external hard drive. 

Step 3. Select the files you want to delete from your external hard drive. 

Step 4. Press "Command + Delete" to delete the files. 

keyboard highlighting keys to delete files on mac

These four ways to fix "Can't Delete Files From Seagate External Hard Drive on Mac." Read the following section to know how to fix "Can't Delete Files From Seagate Hard Drive on Windows." 

Troubleshooting 2: Can't Delete Files from Seagate External Hard Drive On Windows

If you can't delete files from your Seagate external storage, there could be several reasons for this. Here are three common reasons:

  • The disk is write-protected or read-only
  • The disk contains internal errors or is inaccessible
  • Permission issue

#1. Check and Fix Seagate External Hard Drive Write-Protected/Read-Only Issue

If you cannot delete files from your Seagate external drive on Windows, then your hard drive would be write-protected or set to read-only. It means Windows won"t allow you to edit external hard drives. Follow the steps to check and fix this issue.

Step 1. Press "Windows + R."

Step 2. Type "diskpart", and press the "Enter" key or "OK" button.

run diskpart

Step 3. Permit to run to make changes to settings by clicking "Allow" when it asks you. 

Step 4. Then, type "list disk" to see all the storage devices currently connected to your Windows PC. 

Step 5. Type "select disk (current drive letter name or number here)." Make sure to replace the volume name with your current drive letter, such as "d."

Step 6. Type "attributes disk clear readonly" and press the "Enter" key. Now, you will see that disk attributes have been cleared successfully. 

fix read only issue

Step 7. Type "Exit" to exit the CMD. 

#2. Run Check Disk to Fix Internal Errors

Another way to fix this issue is to check for internal errors in your Seagate external storage. Windows comes with built-in functionality to do this. Follow the steps now. 

Step 1. Open "File Explorer" and right-click on the external hard drive you want to scan for the errors. 

Step 2. Head to the "Properties" section, and click on the "Tools" tab. 

open the properties of the external hard drive

Step 3. Click on the "Check" option under the "Error Checking" section. 

click check under error checking
Step 4. Then, click the "Scan Drive" button to let the Windows scan the drive for any errors. 

#3. Get Full Permission to External Hard Drive

The following way to fix this issue is to get full control of your external hard drive. You can easily do this by giving yourself the ownership to edit the file. Here are the steps to do this.

Step 1. Open the "File Explorer" on your PC, and right-click on your Seagate external storage.

Step 2. Then, click on the "Properties" option.

right-click-properties

Step 3. Head to the "Security" section, then click on the "Edit" option.

Step 4. You will now see a dialogue box with all the permissions on it with users.

Step 5. Then, click on the "Add" button, add a new username, and click on the "OK" button.

Step 6. Check the "Full Control" permission, and click on the "OK" button.

allow full control permission

#4. Delete Files from External Hard Drive in Windows

Step 1. Open "File Explorer" and double-click on your hard drive to open it. 

Step 2. Right-click on the file and click on the "Bin" or "Trash" icon to remove it from your external hard drive. 

click trash bin icon in windows to delete files

Conclusion

These are the correct methods to delete files from your Seagate external hard drive on Mac & Windows. We discussed the methods for deleting files from your external hard drive on both operating systems. We hope you followed the steps perfectly and successfully deleted the files from your Seagate external hard drive. Also, the "Can't Delete Files From Seagate External Hard Drive" error is common on Mac systems. You can easily fix this error with a single click with the help of EaseUS NTFS for Mac. We recommend you use EaseUS NTFS for Mac to easily solve this error and avoid following lengthy steps. 

So, we finally figured out how To delete files from the Seagate external drive on Mac and Windows.