How to format an external drive on Mac: A step-by-step guide

Apple does not make it any easier to manage external disks and drives on Mac. Whether you are trying to connect an external hard drive or format it to clean all the data, Mac has certain requirements for that. For instance, Apple only detects drives that are formatted in macOS-compatible format. Similarly, formatting an external hard drive is also a cumbersome process. If you are also stuck on how to format your external hard drive on Mac, follow our step-by-step guide:
Before you begin formatting an external drive on Mac, you need to make sure that you have the following:

  • A Mac computer with an available USB port.
  • An external drive or flash drive that you want to format. It can be an external hard disk, SSD, flash drive or USB drive.

Steps you need to follow


Connect the external drive to your Mac using a USB cable.


Open Spotlight search by pressing Cmd + Spacebar.


In the Spotlight search, type Disk Utility


Open Disk Utility and look for the external drive


Click on it and tap on the ‘Erase’ button at the top of the screen


Choose the format for the drive and enter a name for the drive.


Click the “Erase” button to begin formatting the drive.

Wait for the process to complete. This may take a few minutes depending on the size of the drive and the amount of data on it.

Formatting an external drive on a Mac is a straightforward process that can be completed in a few steps. By following the steps outlined in this guide, you can erase all of the data on your external drive and prepare it for use with your Mac. Remember that formatting erases all of the data on the drive, so make sure to take a backup of any important files before formatting. Once the drive is formatted, you can start using it to store files and back up your data.



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