Mac Hard Drive Format Type

Disk Utility User Guide

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In Disk Utility on Mac, you can erase and reformat storage devices to use with your Mac. Erasing a storage device deletes everything on it.

The process below shows how to format a hard drive for Mac easily: 1. Open your Mac, navigate to 'Applications' and launch'Disk Utility'. Open your Mac or restart the device if you were already using it. The left side of the Disk Utility panel will show all the drives and partitions connected to your Mac. Here's how to format a drive if you are planning to use it with a Mac. Launch Disk Utility. Either head to Applications Utilities, or tap Command + Space and start typing Disk Utility. Which Is the Best Format for External Hard Drive on Mac? MiniTool Tips 1. Connect the external hard drive to your Mac via a USB cable. Open Disk Utility. You can go to Finder Application Utilities Disk Utility to open it. You can also press Command+Space to open Spotlight. It depends on your drive type and using purpose. If you want to format a Mac internal hard drive, the default format is APFS. If you want to format an external hard drive on Mac, the best format is exFAT. Because exFAT has higher operating system compatibility, which can work with Mac OS, Windows, and Linux. This article shows you how to format an external hard drive via different methods, and you can follow these methods to format external hard drive for PC, Mac or Linux. External hard drive is popular storage device and it can be used to store all kinds of digital information such as images, documents, apps, emails, etc.

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  1. If you have any files you want to save, copy them to another storage device.

  2. Open the Disk Utility app on your Mac using one of the following methods, depending on the type of disk or volume you want to erase:

    • If you want to erase your startup disk: Start up your computer in macOS Recovery, then choose Disk Utility in the Recovery app. To learn how to start up your computer in macOS Recovery, see Intro to macOS Recovery.

      Note: If you want to get your Mac ready to trade in, sell, or give away, and your computer is a Mac with Apple silicon or an Intel-based Mac with an Apple T2 Security Chip, use Erase Assistant.

    • If you want to erase any other type of storage device: Double-click Disk Utility in the /Applications/Utilities folder.

  3. Choose View > Show All Devices.

  4. In the sidebar, select the storage device you want to erase, then click the Erase button .

  5. Click the Scheme pop-up menu, then choose GUID Partition Map.

    If the Scheme pop-up menu isn’t available, make sure you selected the storage device you want to erase—it’s at the top of the hierarchy.

  6. Click the Format pop-up menu, then choose a file system format.

  7. Enter a name.

  8. (Optional) If available, click Security Options, use the slider to choose how many times to write over the erased data, then click OK.

    Secure erase options are available only for some types of storage devices. If the Security Options button is not available, Disk Utility cannot perform a secure erase on the storage device.

  9. Click Erase, then click Done.

Note: With a solid-state drive (SSD), secure erase options are not available in Disk Utility. For more security, consider turning on FileVault encryption when you start using your SSD drive.

Mac Hard Drive Format Type

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