Formatting HDD to work with Mac

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  1. MrMinor macrumors 6502

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    I just switched from PC to Mac. I have an external HDD that I used with the PC that is NTFS. I understand I need to format it as HSF+ so that I can use it with Time machine. I have never formatted a drive before. How do I do this?
     
  2. misterredman macrumors 6502a

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    You need to use Disk Utility, that is found in the Applications/Utility folder. You will loose all your data of course, so you will eventually need a back up.

    basically you need to follow the instructions found here:

    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?path=Mac/10.5/en/8493.html

    If you want to format the whole drive as HFS+ select the whole drive.

    You should maybe think about changing the partitioning scheme from MBR to Apple partitioning scheme or GUID. GUID will also let you boot from a system partition on the external drive on your intel mac.
     
  3. MrMinor thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks misterredman. I will read through this and give it a go. The drive is empty right now so I am not worried about loosing anything.
     
  4. MrMinor thread starter macrumors 6502

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    OK I read through this and started to try it. It does not say HFS+ anywhere. I am guessing I just pick one of the Max OS choices, but which one?
     
  5. misterredman macrumors 6502a

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    Mac OS X Extended journaled is usually a good choice (it is in fact HFS+J).
     
  6. MrMinor thread starter macrumors 6502

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