How to Format External Hard Drive or USB Removable Drive in Mac OS X

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If you are a Windows users, Recently switched from Windows. Its really not that much hard to adopt Mac. Just spend a Week with Mac and you will able to do the best with Mac. Now i am writing this tutorial for the people who are really new to Mac. Its not like Windows by just tapping the Right click and selecting Format feature. In Mac you have a separate utility named “Disk Utility” which is loaded with all your needs of your Disk management.

Disk Utility imacify

You can get the “Disk Utility” from Applications –> Utilities

Disk utitlity

Now Plug your External Hard Disk or USB Flash Drive into the Mac. Now it will be listed in the Right Pane of the Disk Utility.

Disk Utility Explained

Step 1:  Select your drive which you want to Format.

Step 2:  Click Erase Tab on the Left pane top.

Step 3:  Select the File Format which you want to format your Drive. You can select from the List of formats.

Disk Utitlity File Format

  •  MS-DOS (FAT) : If you are going to Use the Drive in various Operating Systems like Windows, Linux and Mac. Its Globally used format system.
  • Mac OS Extended (Journaled) and Mac OS Extended (Case-Sensitive, Journaled): Select this Formats if you gonna use only in Mac computers. If you select this Option, your drive won’t be detected in other operating systems like Windows.

Step 4: Type the name which you want to keep for your Drive.

Step 5: Click Erase.

Its Done. Now your External hard disk or USB Flash drive is formatted.

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  1. Posted by Nick

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