Do External Hard Drives Need To Be Formatted?

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  1. KARROT macrumors newbie

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    I just purchased a 500gb My Book Pro for video editing. Does it need to be formatted? The manual gives instructions for the formatting and a web site - but the web page won't open. Any help would be appreciated.
     
  2. MacBlackBook22 macrumors 6502

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    I reformatted my 4 external hard drives go to Applications/Utilities/Disk Utility.
    Then click on the external drive then click on erase then reformat it to the journalled and name it what you want
     
  3. swiftaw macrumors 603

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    Yes, it probably does. Just plug it in, open Disk Utility and format it from there.
     
  4. Tracer macrumors 6502

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    If your using video, you'll want to format it to HFS+.

    It'll probably be default formatted to FAT32 or NTFS.

    Mac can write to FAT32 but only 4GB Max File Size.

    Mac can't write to NTFS, but can have files >4GB.

    Tracer.
     
  5. KARROT thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Is HFS+ and Mac OS Extended (journaled) the same thing? Since I am using it only on a Mac, do I only have one Partition? - Thanks again for all the help.
     
  6. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Yes and yes. You should use Mac OS Extended (journaled), and you only need one partition, unless you have a specific reason for a second (e.g. keeping a separate bootable backup or something like that).

    I just got a 500GB drive (7200.10 Seagate Barracuda, SATA enclosure) too and went through partitioning. My uses are different, but anyway I ended up making five Mac OS Extended (journaled) partitions... two each for backing up two different computers' internal drives, and then a fifth spillover drive. :) But for your use, one partition may be plenty. :)
     
  7. KARROT thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks so much for the advice/help. Wish I had found this site a long time ago. All the info is great!
     
  8. KARROT thread starter macrumors newbie

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    If I wanted to partition part of the drive, (41gb), in case I wanted some PC data, would I follow the same steps?
     

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