Format Toshiba External Hard Drive For Mac

Answer: A: Was the drive formated with Apple's Disk Utility or did you use the Toshiba software? It's not uncommon for users to not format for Mac after purchasing an external drive. If it's still formatted as MS-DOS, I would recommend moving all the data off and formatting correctly for the Mac. Select OS X Extended (Journaled) when formatting. Download and launch EaseUS partition software. Right-click the USB drive you intend to format and choose 'Format'. Set the drive letter and file system on USB. Assign a new partition label, file system (NTFS/FAT32/EXT2/EXT3/exFAT), and cluster size to the selected partition, then click 'OK'. May 30, 2014 In Disk Utility, on the left side will be a list of the drives, select the Toshiba Canivo and then on the right side of the window there will be a few tabs. Click onthe tab labeled Erase. Then under Format you would select exFAT, label the drive and then click on Erase. What you want to do is quite easy.

Hi Cw888:


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If your external drive worked on both Windows and Mac it may have been formatted as FAT32 or exFAT. Both are compatible with both Mac and PC, but they both have some limitations. Also sometime Mac or PC can have troubles with them.


So another option is NTFS which Windows uses. Mac cannot read NTFS format, but there are a few programs with will allow you to use NTFS on Mac.

Two such programs are Paragon NTFS for Mac and Tuxera NTFS for Mac.


If as you say your external hard drive worked on both Mac and Windows, it may have been using one of these 2 programs. When you updated to El Capitan you may have needed to reinstall one of these programs to make your external drive compatible.


So you have tried to reformat your hard drive. You said you clicked on erase which would have erased any data which was on your drive. It sounds like it proceeded to erase but failed at some point, so if you had any data on the drive it is most likely gone.


Have you tried the drive on Windows to see if it works there?


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There are a many good videos about how to format you external drive on Youtube. Here is one. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rq0_PQa8Irs


Here is another link. http://osxdaily.com/2012/01/04/format-an-external-hard-drive-or-usb-flash-drive- for-mac-os-x/


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Take a look at the videos and see if they help.

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