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reformat an external hardrive - PC


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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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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

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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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I thought about sharing with a WinBox

but why - now that life is so much easier

thanks for the welcome
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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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