formatting external hard drives

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by adamkesher234, Apr 7, 2010.

  1. adamkesher234 macrumors member

    Jun 25, 2009
    got a real basic question to ask and you're gonna think im an idiot for asking...I just bought a 320gb western digital elements hard drive and want to reformat it so that its compatible for both mac and pc's. i intend to format it as NTFS-3G as it would allow me to use it on the 2 platforms without having the 4GB file size restriction that fat32 has, anyway.....

    when I go to reformat my external hard drive in disk utility, I see my external hard drive to the left, and there's a "sub" hard drive as a child of the external hd listed uppermost. just wandering which one of the two do i select before going to Erase>Windows NT filesystem (NTFS-3G)>erase? Do I select the uppermost drive and erase that or the lower one? or both?

    just want to be absolutely sure as Ive had bad experiences with hard drives before.

    thanks in advance!
  2. Arrandale macrumors regular

    Feb 24, 2010
    afaik the uppermost represents the drive, the lower one represents the partition/volume... since there's only one, the partition/volume is essentially the drive

    either one should work, but I'd recommend doing the upper one.
  3. adamkesher234 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 25, 2009

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