Do External Hard Drives Need To Be Formatted?

KARROT

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Aug 28, 2007
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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.
 

MacBlackBook22

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Jul 1, 2007
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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.
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
 

Tracer

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Jun 20, 2007
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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.
 

KARROT

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Aug 28, 2007
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Little Rhode Island
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.
 

mkrishnan

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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.
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. :)