Formatting a Hard Drive for Macs

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  1. Gomer

    Gomer New Member

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    Here is the situation:
    My old laptop (Toshiba Satellite 3.4 GHz, etc. etc.) died in a raging integrated video card melt down. So I yanked the HD and cased it in an external casing and it is my external hard drive.

    Dilemma:
    When I attempt to use this with the Macbook Pro it tells me I can only copy or read files on the HD, not modify them. How in the hell do I wipe the HD for mac use?

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  2. Raider007

    Raider007 om nom nom nom

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    first it's probably formatted in NTFS which OSX (natively) can only read from...

    how to format:
    open up Disk Utilities (Click on your desktop > Go > Utilities, or Apple + Shift + U)
    click on the drive on the left
    click "erase" on the top
    choose "Mac OS Extended (Journaled)
     
  3. Gomer

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    Where is it? I'm blind and fail. Being sick for 7 days is getting to me. :ugh:
     
  4. DouggieJ

    DouggieJ OT Supporter

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    It's not on the very top. When you select the disk on the left hand side, you should see First Aid/Erase/RAID/Restore tabs towards the top of the panel on the right.
     
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    Thanks, I was at complete full tilt fail and couldn't even follow the first instructions right. Now all is complete. :bowdown:
     
  6. IcyHot4Life

    IcyHot4Life Str8 Ballin'

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    btw, if you ever want to actually read / write to an NTFS drive on a Mac, you can install MacFUSE and NTFS-3G and get away with it :cool:
     

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