Question about external hard drives

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Neocortex27, Sep 6, 2014.

  1. Neocortex27 macrumors newbie

    Nov 16, 2013
    I have a late 2013 retina macbook pro. I have been using time capsule and time machine to back up my computer thus far, but I want to get an additional external hard drive (just in case - I worry about losing stuff). I already have a Seagate freeagent drive from awhile back, but it is only NTFS formatted so I cannot use it.

    Which external drives are formatted for macs? Do you recommend a WD, toshiba, or seagate?

  2. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    You can use the old Seagate, but you need to just reformat it for use with Time Machine. Attach the drive then start Disk Utility and go to the erase tab and select the disk in the left column. Now select Mac OS Extended (Journaled) in the drop down and also name the disk whatever you want then apply the change.

    Now your disk will be erased to the HFS+ Mac format required for Time Machine.

    There is no such thing as a Mac disk. You can just buy any externals drives you see on sale or whatever and reformat for Mac use.

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