Is it advisable to reformat LaCie drive?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by hajime, Aug 14, 2014.

  1. hajime macrumors 601

    Jul 23, 2007
    Hello, I bought a LaCie external drive. When I plugged in the drive to my rMBP, a setup program from LaCie showed up to format the drive to Mac journal. The manual stated that after the formatting, one could also use disk utility from Mac OS to reformat the drive to Mac journal again. Is it advisable to do that? I am concerned that if I reformat the drive again, I may lose some disk space. Thanks.
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    It is not not advisable, a reformat cannot damage the HDD or the file system and you will not lose any storage space, just the standard 600 MB for partitioning info and so on, but that has already been "lost" with the LaCie formatting software, as it most likely uses the same commands Disk Utility uses.

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