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    Reformatting External HD to FAT32

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    Reformatting External HD to FAT32
    I just bought a 500 GB USB 2.0 Seagate Slim for Mac hard drive, and I'm trying to get it to connect with a Samsung TV.

    I was told by Samsung that I need to reformat the drive to "FAT32".

    In Disk Utility, when I select the drive and go to "Erase", I am presented with the following Format options:
    • Mac OS Extended (Journaled) <-- this option is selected
    • Mac OS Extended (Journaled, Encrypted)
    • Mac OS Extended (Case-sensitive, Journaled)
    • Mac OS Extended (Case-sensitive, Journaled, Encrypted)
    • MS-DOS (FAT)
    • ExFAT


    Since I am not an expert and therefore deathly afraid of all things hard drive and scary options like "Erase", I just wanted to check and get some advice on what to do here.

    How do I go about formatting this drive to FAT32?

    Thanks so much in advance, and apologies if this landed in the wrong sub-forum.

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    Reformatting External HD to FAT32
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    MS-DOS (FAT) is FAT32
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    Reformatting External HD to FAT32

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    Ok thank you. Going for it...

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    Reformatting External HD to FAT32
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    Just make sure you select the "MBR" scheme along with MS-DOS (FAT-32) or that drive will not work with the Samsung TV.

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    Reformatting External HD to FAT32
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    ^^^

    Been awhile - think from the Partition tab - you need to click the advanced button to select MBR.
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