Fully Formatting an External Hard Drive - good idea or no?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by gamestriker, Jul 6, 2006.

  1. gamestriker macrumors regular

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    I have a LaCie 160 GB d2 Hard Drive Extreme Triple Interface and I've been looking to purge it and do a full format (it is currently formatted Mac OS Extended; I want to make it Mac OS Extended Journaled).

    I have couple of questions about fully formatting an external 3rd party hard drive.

    1) Is it a good idea to fully reformat a 3rd party external hard drive (to something different from the factory default)? I've heard that can cause issues with the drive (fussiness, burning out faster, etc.).

    2) It's a 160 GB drive but when its empty I only have 149GB of free space. I know I can't get the full 160GB but will fully reformatting it give me some (at least a few more gigs) of space on it?

    I appreciate the help.
     
  2. Eniregnat macrumors 68000

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    It won't jack up your drive. I have 4 Lacie 250 Gig drives, all have been reformated by me and everything is working just fine.

    You may gain or loose a few gigs, but it won't be aprecable.
     
  3. spinne1 macrumors 6502a

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    You should get the same amount of space no matter what format you use, within a little bit of each other. So to answer your question, no.
     
  4. Counterfit macrumors G3

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    You don't need to reformat to enable journaling on a drive. Just open Disk Utility, select the volume you want to enable journaling on, and click the "Enable Journaling" button.
     

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