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  1. #1

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    Aug 22, 2007
    reformat an external hardrive - PC
    my PC with xp died so i put its relatively new HD into an external case.

    rescued all of the files onto my macbook pro (OS 10.4.10)

    found 'disk utility'
    decided to erase to zeros

    but then I couldn't find a format option.

    but after the erase - the HD was ready to receive files from the mac.

    i just want to make sure i did everything right
    and didn't miss a step.

    because i now want to use the external hard drive as an efficient - and reliable back up source.

    optimized for a mac environment


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    Member Since
    Aug 22, 2007
    by default it was on Mac Os Extended (Journaled)

    but now i notice there are also:
    Mac Os Extended
    Mac Os Extended (case sensitive)
    Mac Os Extended (case sensitive & Journaled)

    would any of these have been better


  3. #3
    Welcome to Mac-Forums, 4now.

    The default is best and will meet your needs unless you want to share the disk with a WinBox. If that is the case, FAT32 would be best because the Mac can only read (not write to) an NTFS hard drive.

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    Member Since
    Aug 22, 2007
    I thought about sharing with a WinBox

    but why - now that life is so much easier

    thanks for the welcome

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    Feb 02, 2004
    And just so you know, to format a drive for FAT32 in Disk Utility make sure you choose the option "MS-DOS File System".
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