Cannot Format 2TB External HDD as HFS+?

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  1. thefunkymunky macrumors 65816

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    Hi, I've just bought a Verbatim 2TB external desktop hard drive that came pre-formatted as NTFS. For some reason, I cannot format it as HFS+ using Disk Utility or any other disk management software for Mac. I can format it as exFAT via DU and exFAT and NTFS in Windows 7. Any idea why it won't work with HFS+?:confused:
     
  2. andalusia macrumors 68030

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    Just hazarding a guess here... Is it under the GUID partition table?
     
  3. thefunkymunky thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Pretty sure it is but no options available to change it.
     
  4. cube macrumors G5

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    You have to erase the disk in the proper tab to change the partition mapping.
     
  5. thefunkymunky thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Found the option under the Partition tab and changed it to Apple Partition Map. Still no worky.:(
     
  6. andalusia macrumors 68030

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    Select 1 Partition from the drop down list. Then click on Options below the big box with Untitled 1 in the middle, should get this Window:
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    And select GUID partition table. Hope this works. Then name your partition whatever you like and select your Format settings.
     
  7. thefunkymunky thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Neither GUID or APM seem to work. I can only format at NTFS or exFAT, no HFS+ :(
     
  8. cube macrumors G5

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    Don't select the volume. Select the whole drive.
     
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