I have two internal drives in my 27" iMac (10.8.5). An SSD system disk and a 1TB SATA drive.
The HDD has been acting up recently, very slow performance, bad behavior etc. Tech Tool Pro and Disk Utility don't seem to be able to fix the drive, so I decided to wipe the data by a reformat and writing zeros to the entire drive.
Everytime I try and format, it tells me that the drive cannot be unmounted. I have rebooted a few times, and spent days running everything from TechTool Pro on it and it won't go.
$ diskutil list disk2
#: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER
0: GUID_partition_scheme *4.0 TB disk2
1: EFI EFI 314.6 MB disk2s1
2: Apple_HFS Everest 4.0 TB disk2s2
$ diskutil repairVolume /dev/disk2s2
Started file system repair on disk2s2 Everest
Updating boot support partitions for the volume as required
Error: -69673: Unable to unmount volume for repair
$ diskutil eraseDisk JHFS+ Everest /dev/disk2
Started erase on disk2
Error: -69888: Couldn't unmount disk
Any thoughts on how to get it to unmount and reformatted? Is there a way in Terminal to do this instead?