New SSD don't want to format old drive

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by charlien, Apr 7, 2014.

  1. charlien macrumors 6502

    Jul 3, 2006
    I added a second drive to my Mac and installed Mavericks on it and made it my boot drive. I want to use the old drive for storage and want to get rid of the OS stuff. What is the best way to do this?
  2. yjchua95 macrumors 604

    Apr 23, 2011
    GVA, KUL, MEL (current), ZQN
    Open up Disk Utility, select your old drive and reformat it.
  3. charlien thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 3, 2006
    I want to keep my old home folder so I don't want to format the drive.
  4. caribiner23 macrumors regular


    Feb 15, 2005
    I would:

    - attach the old drive
    - copy the home folder from the old drive to temporary space on the new hard drive
    - reformat the old drive
    - move the home directory you want to keep back to the newly-formatted old drive
    - delete the temporary files on the new drive.

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