Format New External Hard Drive Mac

  • Format USB flash. Yo just got a new external hard drive and want to use it on your Mac. However, the Mac OS does not allow you to write data to the drive. You may wonder how to reformat an external hard drive on Mac. Follow the tutorial below, you'll get everything covered. Bonus: How to Recover Data from Formatted External Hard Drive on Mac.
  • Unlike Windows, macOS gives you the tools to format, partition, restore and repair your hard drive from a single screen that can be found in your utilities. To find the screen, follow these steps.
  1. Format External Hard Drive Mac 2020
  2. Best Format For External Hard Drive

In Disk Utility, you can format an external disk that you can use with both a Microsoft Windows-based computer and a Mac. For example, you might want to do this if you use a flash drive to store data files you need to use on your Mac at home and when using a Windows-based computer at school or the public library.

Disk Utility User Guide

In Disk Utility, you can format an external disk that you can use with both a Microsoft Windows-based computer and a Mac. For example, you might want to do this if you use a flash drive to store data files you need to use on your Mac at home and when using a Windows-based computer at school or the public library.

Format External Hard Drive Mac 2020

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Best Format For External Hard Drive

WARNING: Formatting a disk or volume erases all the files on it. Save any files you need to another volume before formatting.

Format New External Hard Drive Mac
  1. In the Disk Utility app on your Mac, choose View > Show All Devices.

    If Disk Utility isn’t open, click the Launchpad icon in the Dock, type Disk Utility in the Search field, then click the Disk Utility icon .

  2. In the sidebar, select the disk you want to format to use with Windows computers.

  3. Click the Erase button in the toolbar.

  4. In the Erase dialog, click the Scheme pop-up menu, then choose a partition scheme.

  5. Click the Format pop-up menu, then choose one of the following:

    • MS-DOS (FAT): Choose this format if the size of the disk is 32 GB or less.

    • ExFAT: Choose this format if the size of the disk is over 32 GB.

  6. Enter a name for the volume.

    The maximum length for the volume name is 11 characters.

  7. Click Erase, then click Done.

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