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    Reformat my External drive?

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    Reformat my External drive?
    so i'm having trouble with my external hard drive and emptying it found here

    http://www.mac-forums.com/forums/app...ml#post1174807

    but is there a way to just reformat my external and start over again?

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    Reformat my External drive?
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    You can reformat your external drive by using Disk Utility from Applications, Utilities. Formatting will destroy all the data on the drive so before you do it, be sure you backup whatever data you wish to keep first.

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    It may be worth pointing out that if you are going to be using the external hard drive solely with mac computers, then formatting to Mac OS Extended will be the best option.

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    Reformat my External drive?

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    chscag THAK YOU

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buzzard2010 View Post
    It may be worth pointing out that if you are going to be using the external hard drive solely with mac computers, then formatting to Mac OS Extended will be the best option.

    - Simon
    And to build on this, if you plan on using this HD with other OSes, it would be best to format it with the FAT filesystem.
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