Formatting an External HD

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by specialist, Jun 29, 2006.

  1. specialist macrumors member

    Dec 4, 2004
    I just bought an external HD and the manual says I should reformat it using Disk Utility to an OS X supported format. Is there a particular one I should use (case sensitive, journaled, etc.)? I'll be using it only has an HD for my Final Cut files.
  2. blodwyn macrumors 65816

    Jul 28, 2004
    Portland, Oregon
    I've always used Mac OS Extended (Journaled) and had no troubles. I chose this as my internal disk is formatted this way, so I figured it would be the best general choice.
  3. JackSYi macrumors 6502a

    Feb 20, 2005
    I use that format for my LaCie 160GB and no problems.
  4. caffca macrumors newbie

    Jul 3, 2006
    formatting options in OSX Disk Utility

    Anyone else have this problem:
    When I select a partition to format on my external harddrive I don't get the MS-DOS option (in OSX) that I keep reading about.... meaning I can't format a partition to FAT32... any ideas....



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