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Can you tell me how to reformat my WD Elements external drive for use with a Mac? Thank you

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You can use a pc formatted drive with a mac but to format it as a mac drive go to applications then into utilities then go disk utility. Once opened in the left hand side choose your hard drive on the right hand side you will see buttons "First Aid", "Erase", "RAID and "Restore". Click on Erase under volume format choose Mac OS Extended (Journaled) then name your hard drive and then click the erase button down below the name box. Hope this helps

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  • dragon767 Oct 08, 2010

    This was useful though at first being limited I thought it meant select the Mac hard drive which would have had sad consequences. Of course s/he means the back up external hard drive.....

  • Jim Thomson Oct 08, 2010

    Yes they would have had bad consequences if they had formatted their mac hard drive. This is why I told them to format it from the applications/utilties folder on their mac as opposed to booting up with their instal disk and using the hard drive from the instal disk, as you can't format the bootup hard drive using this method.

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