New To Mac-Forums?

Welcome to our community! Join the discussion today by registering your FREE account. If you have any problems with the registration process, please contact us!

Get your questions answered by community gurus • Advice and insight from world-class Apple enthusiasts • Exclusive access to members-only contests, giveaways and deals

Join today!

 
Start a Discussion
 

Mac-Forums Brief

Subscribe to Mac-Forums Brief to receive special offers from Mac-Forums partners and sponsors

Join the conversation RSS
Switcher Hangout The place for switchers to discuss their new machines, and how to work with OS X. General support can be had here for newbie stuff, like "How do I restart my new iMac?" :)

How do you format a drive?


Post Reply New Thread Subscribe

 
Thread Tools
Peakoverload

 
Member Since: Feb 13, 2007
Location: Worthing, West Sussex, UK
Posts: 207
Peakoverload has a spectacular aura about
Mac Specs: 27" iMac 3.1Ghz 16GB RAM, 1TB HD. iPhone 4.

Peakoverload is offline
I've got an external drive from my old PC (PC is now dead) that is formatted as NTFS and I want to format the drive as HFS+ or whatever the Mac format is. However when I go into Disk Utility all the formatting options are grayed out for the drive and in the info it says the drive is not writeable.

Obviously I know that OSX can't write to NTFS in terms of files and folders but is there a way of just wiping the drive and formatting it for use on a Mac without having to find someone with a PC to let me do it?
QUOTE Thanks
Peakoverload

 
Member Since: Feb 13, 2007
Location: Worthing, West Sussex, UK
Posts: 207
Peakoverload has a spectacular aura about
Mac Specs: 27" iMac 3.1Ghz 16GB RAM, 1TB HD. iPhone 4.

Peakoverload is offline
Oops sussed it! I was being a bit premature in posting.

For future reference for anyone else that wants/needs to do this you need to delete the existing partition first!
QUOTE Thanks

Post Reply New Thread Subscribe


« cool screensavers | I converted twice in a week. PC to MB to MBP »
Thread Tools

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Hard Drive Woes - Help Please Peter W Switcher Hangout 10 07-19-2007 08:22 PM
hard drive enclosure format thadoggfather Other Hardware and Peripherals 5 05-21-2006 02:47 PM
upgrading the internal hard drive in an old iMac Conrad D Apple Desktops 6 05-06-2006 08:13 AM
New Here,Really Need Help With Imac G3 CD-RW/DVD-ROM Drive DeSelby Apple Desktops 0 06-29-2005 01:02 PM
Hard Drive not being recognized soxrguy Schweb's Lounge 3 06-13-2005 09:43 AM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:02 PM.

Powered by vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
X

Welcome to Mac-Forums.com

Create your username to jump into the discussion!

New members like you have made this community the ultimate source for your Mac since 2003!


(4 digit year)

Already a member?