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How Do I Format the WD Hard Drive To Prevent Retrieval Issues?

I just got a Western Digital external hard-drive that I want to copy files to (I use TimeMachine on another external drive). Since I’ve updated my Mac to Big Sur (11.6) do I want to format the WD hard drive to APFS (Case-sensitive, encrypted) or shall I pick Mac OS Extended (Case-sensitive, Journaled)?

In case it matters, I will be copying over regular documents, photos and movies – not all of which will be permanently captured in TimeMachine.

I want to format the WD hard-drive correctly so that I don’t run into any retrieval issues down the road.
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lucia

Comments: 4 Responses to “How Do I Format the WD Hard Drive To Prevent Retrieval Issues?”

    3 weeks ago

    APFS is the current modern way to do it. The advantage of macOS Extended is that older Macs will be able to read the contents too. Not sure if that is important to you.

    Personally, I just use APFS now. But there is no problem if you want to use macOS Extended. Either one is fine.

    lucia
    3 weeks ago

    awesome – thanks so much!

    Phil Goldenberg
    1 week ago

    Hello,

    Using this exact example, my experience was that as soon as I ran the first TimeMachine backup, it updated the APFS volume to Read Only. I got around this by just creating a second volume to the original APFS volume. I can now use the WD external drive (My Passport Ultra for Mac) for both TimeMachine on the original volume, and other file backups to the second volume.

    Gary, what is the best method now for encrypting both volumes? Using encryption option from start?

    Thanks, Phil

    1 week ago

    Phil: Encrypting from the start is how I have always done it. Not sure what you are doing here but I would recommend not using your Time Machine drive for anything else at all. Let Time Machine manage the drive. Otherwise, there could be trouble.

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