external HD question.

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by BaBayOOsa, Apr 26, 2011.

  1. BaBayOOsa macrumors member

    Nov 4, 2010
    ok I just got a 500gb pro drive and plugged it in. it asked if I wanted to use it as a time machine i clicked decide later. then opened time machine time machine told me a disk to select and when i went over my pro drive 500gb it says: "ProDrive reformat required (incompatible file system)" yet when I select it it says I can use it as a time machine...... also when I try and drag files into it it just wont copy them in.......

    so whats wrong here? I would like to use it but seem to not be able to..... how do iI reformat it? for mac compatible use.

    ( link to the specific drive: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=470938811&pf_rd_i=507846 )

    P.S it said it was mac compatible out of the box.... guess not :(

    EDIT #1: just opened it and right clicked and hit "get info" and it says its in the "Windows NT file system (NTFS)" so it looks like i have to reformat it? how do I go about doing so.......
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Use Disk Utility and format it as Mac OS Extended (Journaled).
  3. BaBayOOsa thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 4, 2010
    so when i open up disk utility and select it i should choose mac osx extended?
  4. BaBayOOsa thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 4, 2010
    ok so I just click mac osx extended journaled and hit erase? (sorry for keeping this thread going I just want to make sure I know what I'm doing.)
  5. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
  6. BaBayOOsa thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 4, 2010
    ok thanks so much for the help guys!!!!

    I fallowed that guide you posted and did all the steps it said I should to make best use of my drive. damn it says the estimated time for all of it to be done is 4 hours :eek:

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