Simple question on External HD install

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by DrRock, Dec 2, 2007.

  1. DrRock macrumors regular

    Jun 18, 2005
    What are the steps to connect and format an external HD? I know it's in system profiler, or disk utility or something, right? I can't find it in the manual. Thanks!
  2. NAG macrumors 68030


    Aug 6, 2003
    I'm assuming your external is already in an enclosure of one sort or another.

    1) Connect the drive to your computer by Firewire or USB (Firewire preferred).
    2) Open Applications (folder) > Utilities (folder) > Disk Utility (application)
    3) Now select the new drive in Disk Utility and Erase it in the Erase tab. You should also select the format you want at this time (as well as if you want to partition it).

    HFS+ is how you probably want it unless you want to connect it to a windows machine occasionally. Then you might want to go with FAT.
  3. DrRock thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 18, 2005

    That's it! Thanks, I knew it was in there somewhere, I just couldn't remember the steps. Thanks again!

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