Format new MyBook Harddrive for Mac ?

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  1. fab5freddy macrumors 65816

    fab5freddy

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    I just bought a new MyBook 500 GB external harddrive for my Mac.
    What's the best way to format this harddive ?
    and how do you do it ?

    cheers, F
     
  2. DKZ macrumors member

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    It depends, if you want Windows machine to be able to read it, you should use FAT32, (MS-DOS filesystem), if its only for Macs, use HFS+ (MAC OS).

    And you use, the disk utility.
     
  3. fab5freddy thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Is there any quality difference to format just for Mac ?
    (i am using Mac )
     
  4. fab5freddy thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Just mounted the new 500 GB MyBook, and it says it has 465 GB ?
    where is the other 35 GB ?
     
  5. benthewraith macrumors 68040

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    It's a bit misleading when you buy an external harddrive...in fact, with any hard drive.

    The way it's formatted, it will be 465 GB

     
  6. fab5freddy thread starter macrumors 65816

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    The Disk Utility is giving me 4 differnt format choices......
    Mac OS journaled, etc........

    Which One is the best for a MacBook Pro 15" ?
     
  7. heySparky macrumors regular

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    Mac OS journaled worked for me.
     
  8. PYR0M310N macrumors 6502a

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    Congrats on your purchase. i have one myself and they are very nice.

    If its formatted for mac journaled you can use it on a network over mac's which i personally find very important, and also it can be searched by google desktop.
     
  9. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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    AFAIR believe you can use FAT32 disks over the network too.

    HFS+ is less likely to go wrong and can store files bigger than 4GB. The advantage of FAT32 is that it will work with every OS under the sun including Windows.
     

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