How To Format An External drive for mac without third party software

How To Format An External drive for mac - External drives can help us move large files between computers quickly. if you want your computer to work properly with Mac and PC, your external drive needs to use a file system supported by both platforms. The problem is that by default Windows uses NFTS, and Mac uses HFS.

Here I will share how we can use FAT or exFAT filesystem to make your external drive compatible with Mac and PC for free

Warning: if you follow this guide you will format your external drive, this results in deleting data from your drive. I recommend to back up the files you don't want

How to format using FAT


first open the disk on your Mac. (Find quickly with Spotlight, click the Magnifying Glass and start typing Disk Utility.)

How To Format An External drive for mac
  
now we choose the drive you want to format.

How To Format An External drive for mac

Select the "Erase" tab in Disk Utility.

How To Format An External drive for mac

Select MS-DOS (FAT) from the drop-down box.

How To Format An External drive for mac

Click Erase and follow the prompts.

Let it finish, and you’re done.

How to format using exFAT (on Windows):


first we plug the disk into a Windows Vista SP1 or Windows 7 computer.

Open the Computer window.

How To Format An External drive for mac

Right click on the drive, and select Format.

How To Format An External drive for mac

Select exFAT from the drop down box, and click on Start.

How To Format An External drive for mac

Done! Now this drive will work with Macs and PCs.

although FAT is indeed compatible with older systems, the maximum 4GB file size is very limiting. You will not be able to use this disc for long HD videos and large disk images, for example. For this reason I would recommend exFAT. At this point in time, most computers that you meet will function properly with exFAT.

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