As previously you have understood how to unlock the external hard drive on MAC operating system, now it comes to discuss how to format external hard drives on MAC operating system. Yes, when someone needs to unlock the external hard drive, it usually for the need of formatting it. The objective is to clean the memory or give more space in the hard drive for another allocation.
By formatting the hard drive, it will save more time. Rather than deleting the files or data previously stored in the device one by one. But one thing to pay attention to is that you must be sure that you do not need all the data anymore. Or else please backup it before performing the format. If you are ready to format, there are several steps to follow that we are going to discuss so that you can follow it.
Formatting Hard Drive on the MAC Operating System
Here are the steps to follow to format external hard drive on the MAC Operating system;
- Open the “Disk Utility” application. To open the Disk Utility, you can access it from the Finder and find the Applications. Or you can also press Cmd + Space.
- Select the drive on the left side and right-click (or you can press and hold “Option”). Then choose “Erase”. (Please see below screenshot on format external hard drive on MAC operating system).
- Next, you will be presented to the screen where you can change the name of your hard drive. You can name the drive according to your preference. Besides, you can choose which kind of file system the formatting to be done. (Please see below figure).
Those are the step by step guidance when you need to format external hard drive on MAC OS. Hopefully, that will help you and give you clearer guidance. Everyone has experienced different things. Therefore, if you have another experience on how to format hard drive on MAC, please feel free to share or add your comment into the box below.