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11Jan/16
Format External Hard Drive Using Mac
How To Format External Hard Drive Using Mac?

Computer hard disk can store immense amount of data as per the space availability. You can save different types of data in various formats and sometimes junk files and folders gathered with lots of malicious dossiers that also entered into this storage system. Huge amount of corrupted data creates problems like slow speed of the system you connect with your Mac.

Using your Mac devices you can format an external drive with the help of apple technical support at the user’s desk. If you want to format an external drive first keep a data backup with Mac OS X drive keep and follow the steps given below carefully.

Step1: After taking data backup of your Mac connect the drive with Mac. To access the internal storage of device you need to connect with Mac.

Step2: Open the Disk Utility application that you can open directly through hitting CMD and spacebar at the same time by typing Disk Utility.

Step3: Now select the drive you are looking to format, that you can view under external drive header where you will see the details of hard disk like total drive space capacity and free space.

Step4: After entering in this drive now click on erase to start the process of formatting. If you don’t find this option of facing any kind of other issue just get mac technical support.

Step5: Before moving to next process, give a descriptive name to drive and leave the default setting. This process will format the drive in OS X file types compatible with time machine.

Step6: Now click on erase and your Mac OS X will format the drive to clean the entire data and restore it at factory settings to make it a completely new device.

Step7: You can do partition of disk with the option selected in the Disk utility. Click on the partition option to fragment the disk space of your hard disk.

Step8: You can allocate the space for your time machine. As at the time of shrinking time machine will take whole drive, but you can divide that into a partition.

Step9: Click on apply option and select the new unnamed partition that will help to format it as exFAT that would be usable for both windows and Mac devices.

Step10: Now click on erase option and give the partition a proper name and select exFAT to format that. Apple mac help can help you better to find this option.

Step11: Click on erase option to finish the entire formatting process. Now your formatted drive is ready to use with new space with the compatibility to use for both Windows and Mac. However, make sure to keep the data backup before sharing the data and also keep precaution while ejecting the drive or disconnecting from your computer or laptop.