How to format an external hard drive on a Mac
I just received an external hard drive and needed to set it up.
For the record, it’s a Western Digital 2 Terabyte drive and I need it because my internal drive is full.
So I take it out of the box and see there is a power cord and a usb connector.
I set up the usb connector and hook up the power and boot up the iMac.
What I get on the desk top is a yellow drive icon for my new drive with the name “elements”. The drive has no functionality so I now know I have to do something but I’m not sure what that is.
I google how to format an external western digital drive and get to their site. With some digging I get some instructions in nano print; put them on my notepad and print it out.
I follow the directions and presto, my drive is now ready for use.
To avoid your having to do what I did, I made a video of the process, so check it out below.
But for those who prefer the written word, here is a short summary of what you should do.
- Go to the Applications folder- I go to it through my finder icon on the dock
- Scroll down to the Utilities folder- Click it.
- Scroll down to Disk Utilities- Click it
- Select the new external drive
- Select Erase from the header menu
- Select Mac OS Extended from the Format drop down menu
- Name your drive in the Name box
- Click the Erase button
You are done. The disc will be formatted and you will be ready to go.
I hope this is helpful. Stay with it , stay well and may your travels be prosperous.