Initializing/Formatting Question

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by strawberrynatto, Jun 4, 2014.

  1. strawberrynatto macrumors newbie

    Feb 16, 2014
    I have a brand new late 2012 Mac Mini. I am leaving the stock 500gb hdd in the Mini, and using an USB-to-SATA to initialize and format the two other drives I have - 1 is a Samsung 840 EVO 120gb hdd and 2 is a Samsung 840 EVO 1tb ssd.

    What I want to know is simply, after hooking up each drive via the USB-to SATA connector, it says the drive must be initialised, which brings up the Disk Utility. No problem. But these are 2 brand new, never used drives. So after initialising the drives, do I then need to go ahead and erase them as well, or is the process of initialising them actually erasing them and don't booed to go any further.

    Thanks you.
  2. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    Since the drives are new, all you have to do is initialize with Disk Utility, partition if desired, and then -- ready to go.

    BTW, I believe the terms "initialize" and "format" are used indiscriminately, when they actually mean different things.

    I'm not sure there is even a Mac user-friendly tool out there yet, that can "format" an SSD -- that is, to return all the memory cells to their native, totally-unused state.

    I'd like to see a product like that available....
  3. strawberrynatto thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 16, 2014
    Thank you, thank you so much. I didn't want to overkill the drives. I'll just initialise and be done with it. You're a lifesaver.

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