MediaKit reports not enough space on device for requested operation

MediaKit reports not enough space on device for requested operation

I recently got hold of a Toshiba Canvio 3TB external hard disk drive and was trying to format it using Disk Utility. To my surprise, I encountered a rather weird error that mentioned MediaKit not having enough space to perform the operation. The exact error message being,

MediaKit reports not enough space on device for requested operation.

Though it initially felt like my brand new HDD was a waste now, the solve was not really rocket-science – rather pretty straightforward. So before I tell you how to fix this, let’s first try to understand what the error really meant?

What’s the cause?

This type of error is generally caused when your EFI partition is below 200 MB. Mac requires an EFI partition of at least 200 MB to perform any Disk Utility function on an HDD. If your drive came factory formatted in NTFS, chances are your EFI partition would be lesser as Windows can work with a minimum of 100 MB.

What is EFI partition you ask? Well, the EFI system partition (ESP) is a small partition formatted with FAT32, usually 100 MB, which stores the EFI boot loaders for the installed system and applications used by the firmware at startup.

So how to fix this?

Before we begin,

Please note that all data on the HDD will be lost. I do not take any responsibility whatsoever in the unlikely event that your HDD gets bricked. By following these instructions, you agree to take full responsibility for the consequences.

Alright, now let’s fire up Terminal to get the name of the HDD you are trying to fix. Type the command below to list down all drives. Look for the label “external, physical” and note its Identifier. In my case it’s disk2. Could be different for you.

diskutil list

Now let’s force unmount the disk (and all volumes on it) by typing in,

diskutil unmountDisk force disk2

And then write zeros to the boot sector by typing in,

sudo dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/disk2 bs=1024 count=1024

You will be asked to enter your administrator password. Go ahead and do it. Note that entering a password in Terminal will cause your cursor not to move. Your input will be accepted anyway.

Finally, let’s go ahead and partition it. Again, in my case it’s disk2. Could be different for you. Type in,

diskutil partitionDisk disk2 GPT JHFS+ "Canvio" 0g

Where Canvio is what you want to name your HDD. This will also format your drive and make it ready for use.

That’s it, you are done! Do share your feedback/experience in the comment section below.

If for some reason, you are asked to enter your password again when performing basic functions on the HDD (like creating folders), unmount and then mount the disk again. That should resolve any issues.

The constant abuse of “Revert”

The constant abuse of “Revert”

I have recently noticed the word “revert” being used instead of the word “reply” or “get back” in day-to-day business communications by almost everyone here in India. However, that is a grammatically incorrect usage of the word. Probably, someone stupid enough thought that it’s more professional to use the word “revert” instead of “reply”. Even top-level CEOs in esteemed organisations are seen misusing the word, which is sad, really. They say (and even write): “I’ll revert to you with more details”. These starched-shirt types have been brought up to avoid using the word “get”, so cannot bring themselves to utter “I’ll get back to you with more details”.

The correct meaning of the word “revert” is essentially to return to a former habit, practice, belief, condition, etc. Generally, this is used in the software world to represent application roll-back to a previous version: “Due to critical bugs in version 1.2, they reverted the software to version 1.1.

Some more examples:
“A witch turned the princess to a frog. But, when the prince kissed the frog, it reverted to the princess form.”
“When the sun rises, the werewolf reverts to its human form.”

Get the idea?

Since “revert” means “rollback”, “revert back” is also incorrect. “I will revert to you later” is grammatically correct, but the meaning is not what you think. The meaning is “Sometime later I will become you or change back to you. Also implies that sometime back I was you”. Stupid, right?

Revert to me with the details” literally means I’m asking you to carry those details and become me. That definitely sounds dumb.

Let’s spread the word and save the word from abuse.

Sunlounger – Another Day On The Terrace

Sunlounger – Another Day On The Terrace

About six months ago, the word was out that DJ Shah was working on an artist album under his Sunlounger alias. And this tiny piece of news was enough to get the masses excited. Masses who were in love with the music that Shah defines as ‘Balearic‘. Now with the album released, we finally have a Disc which is going to stay resident in your CD player for a long, long time. Let’s get started with the music, shall we?

01 – Another Day On The Terrace

“Another Day On The Terrace” begins with a laid back melody. The sweeping mellow guitars carry the track and very effortlessly welcome the beats that put a perfect start for the Balearic journey. Slow but tight beats continue to ease your senses as more elements are added to the track. A breakdown and then the track explodes with all the synths it has to offer.

02 – In & Out

“In & Out” is probably the biggest tune by Shah in his Reworked edition. Here we have the Original Mix. You would have to admit that this is the most emotional track among his productions. We all have heard the remixed version in ‘A State Of Trance 2007’, and this is no less. More guitar work gives the track a very racy yet a chillout feel. The vocals add to the effect and make for an enjoyable ride.

03 – Hierbas Ibicencas

In “Hierbas Ibicencas”, we have swaying electric guitars now added to yet another beauty by Shah. This track consists of very calm & soothing guitar riffs placed perfectly over 4×4 beats. The track moves slowly and steadily building things up along the way.

04 – Crawling (feat. Zara Taylor)

Make way for a next major single in Shah’s career – “Crawling”. He sure made a great decision by featuring Zara Taylor on vocals. The track is slow but proves heavy on the subs. Great beats with subtle guitar riffs scattered throughout the track. The vocals float beautifully above the beats and make this a standout track on the album. Zara did a really fantastic job on the vocals. She’s got that perfect voice for chill out Trance music. Watch out for her in the near future.

05 – White Sand

The track that started it all. “White Sand” is as fresh as ever with its perfect beachy feel and vibes that it throws. The guitars are used to perfection and the sound of waves splashing behind add to the overall beauty. This track indeed defines Sunlounger.

06 – Keep Our Ring

“Keep Our Ring” is a mellow track which will get you hooked right from the first listen. As the track beautifully flows, the crippled vocals transform into something really mesmerising. Standout vocal track on the album which will leave you spellbound.

07 – A Balearic Dinner (feat. Seis Cuerdas)

‘Balearic’ is the word Shah describes his music as. To the layman, it might be just a blend of chillout Trance music coupled with mellow guitar work, but there’s more to it. Listen to “A Balearic Dinner” and you can realize how music can cross boundaries so effortlessly.

08 – Losing Again

“Losing Again” is the next emotive production that adds lots of punch on the subs. Vaporising vocals chanting “It feels like I’m losing again… It feels like we’ve come to an end” over low moving synths & beats gradually lead the track to a euphoric climax. Really trippy stuff! My personal favourite.

09 – Lounging By The Sea

The productions get richer & richer as each track passes by. And the best part is that each track exactly defines the kind of music you would expect with its title. You would actually want to lounge by the sea when enjoying the beautiful moments offered by the track “Lounging By The Sea”.

10 – Aguas Blancas

“Aguas Blancas” is the second Sunlounger single that lifts off with fantastic guitar work. This one didn’t do as well as “White Sand” but nonetheless it’s a great listen. Very calm & serene, this track will set you in the right mood.

11 – Shine On Me

“Shine On Me” was made especially for the clubs. More on the trancy side with its super effective synths. The vocals are slaughtered to full effect instantly transforming your state of mind from a relaxed mood to a dance floor frenzy.

This debut artist album has been loved everywhere and will continue to fascinate those who haven’t got a copy of it yet. Miss this at your own peril.