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Right now, my backup disk is full and to be replaced.
Do I have to destroy it or can I just erase it and recycle it?

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Are you planning to reuse it yourself? If so then yes you could simply erase and use as needed. If you are tossing it out I would zero out the hard drive a few times. This just makes sure data is not retrievable.
 

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Fine. How do I erase it?
When I try by putting any file in the trash, I get a message that any file in the backup disk cannot be modified (or erased).
Am I missing something?
 

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Fine. How do I erase it?
When I try by putting any file in the trash, I get a message that any file in the backup disk cannot be modified (or erased).
Am I missing something?
You would use disk utility and reformat the drive. This will erase everything. Make sure anything you want to keep is backed up elsewhere. That being said, if you are using Time Machine for your back up it should just erase the oldest backups to make way for the new so you would not need to buy a new back up drive.
 

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Make sure you have turned off permissions on the volume you wish to erase.
 

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What are those?
Right or control click on the icon of the drive. Select "Get Info". At the bottom of the window is a check box to ignore permissions. If it is greyed out you will need to click on the little lock and enter your password to unlock the volume before you check the box.
 
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