Forum Question: Do You Recommend Formatting a New External HD?

Bought a refurb external HD from Best Buy. Should I use Disk Utility to format it for optimal use with my Mac, and if so, at which setting?

Comments: 4 Responses to “Do You Recommend Formatting a New External HD?”

    10/24/11 @ 12:16 pm

    Absolutely. If there is no data on it that you want, then why not? Only takes a minute.
    And chances are it is not formatted for Mac right now, so it would not be optimal for Mac use.
    Reformat it at Mac OS Extended (Journaled).

      10/24/11 @ 12:18 pm


    Allan Michael
    10/24/11 @ 9:41 pm

    WOULD THIS WORK WELL FOR USB THUMB???…Oops, sorry for the caps…

      10/24/11 @ 9:51 pm

      Sure. I usually reformat USB flash drives to Mac OS Extended (Journaled) too. Unless I want to use them on Windows too.

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