This video post was inspired by two conversations I had with (on the subject of Time Machine backups) and (with two video files that wouldn’t copy onto a drive), so be sure to thank them if this helped you!
Here’s the video:
Here are the steps:
- Connect the drive to your Mac and power it up.
- If there is data on the drive, copy it to another drive. This will erase the data on the drive.
- Launch Disk Utility, either by using Spotlight, or by using Finder’s Go menu, selecting Utilities, then double-clicking Disk Utility.
- Click on the drive you wish to reformat.
- Double-check that the drive is indeed not a Mac OS formatted drive.
- Click the Erase tab up at the top
- Select either Mac OS Extended (Journaled) or Mac OS Extended (Case-sensitive, Journaled) if you will want to use case-sensitive file names. (Eg: AwesomeVideo.mp4 and awesomevideo.mp4 would be considered the same under Mac OS Extended (Journaled).
- Give the drive a new name.
- Click Erase, then a warning will appear to remind you of possible dataloss. Click Erase.
- The drive will be re-formatted and should be available quite quickly (usually less than twenty seconds)
That’s it! If you have any other things you’d like demoed, let me know!