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Formatting External Hard Drive or USB Drive

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Posted: 15 Dec, 2018
by: Poh-ek C.
Updated: 16 Dec, 2018
by: Poh-ek C.

Format USB on Mac using Disk Utility

  • Connect the USB Drive to your Mac.
  • Now we need to open Disk Utility.

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  • Now, on the Disk Utility window you will see External Drives on the left.
Disk Utility

Disk Utility

  • Named the USB. To format the drive we need to click on the Erase Button.
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Format USB on Mac

  • Here, we have two options, the first one is the Name that you can set for your USB Drive. The second one is the Format. If you want to make it windows compatible you need to select MS-DOS (FAT) here. And you can also use the Mac OS Format. So its up to you what you want.
  • Now, just click on the Erase Button to complete the format.
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  • And thats it. Your drive is formatted.

Format USB Drive Mac using Terminal

We also have a Command Line Disk Utility interface in Mac. And we can use it to format the USB on Mac as well. Now lets see how we do this.

  • First open the terminal.
  • In terminal now type the following command.

diskutil list

  • The above command will display all the disk connected with your machine.

diskutil terminal mac

  • Here the USB Drive that is connected, is disk2 and we will format this disk only. To format the USB drive here we will write the following command.

diskutil eraseDisk JHFS+ Belal disk2

  • In the above command eraseDisk is the format command. Then comes JHFS+ is the Disk Type which is Mac OS Extended (Journaled). Then Belal is the name of the disk that will be assigned after formatting. Finally we are writing the name of the disk that we need to format, which disk2 is in this case. Now hit enter.

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