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I have a Mac OS X v. 10.4.11 computer. The notation on the outside of the packaging states that the portable hard drive must be reformatted for this computer. How is this done? Thanks.

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Here's the procedure on how to format the portable HD using Mac OS X.

Insert your USB portable drive. Run the disk utility of software of your MAC. It opens in default, with no drives selected in the left hand column. If you will look at the tabs near the top of the Disk Utility window (red box below), you will notice that the tab 'Partitioning' is not available as it was in Tiger. Select the hard drive that you wish to partition in the left hand column. Once you have select a hard drive to partition, the Partition tab will now appear along with the other tabs near the top of the window. In the Partition tab, my Disk Utility is shown below. You will note that both the Name and Format sections are grayed out, (red box below). This is because the drive that I have selected has already been named and formatted and is currently in use. These option will become available once we have set the new partition scheme. Also note that the "Mac OS 9 Drivers Installed" box is checked. Unless you have a specific need for OS 9 drivers, leave this box unchecked. In the Partition tab select the number of partitions that you want from the 'Volume Scheme' drop-down menu. Once you have set the number of partitions in the Volume Scheme' drop-down, select one of the partitions. When a partition is selected, you will notice that both Name and Format, have now become available for this partition. Name your partition and then select your format. You'll want Mac OS Extended (Journaled) for a partition that you will want to serve as a boot (start-up) volume. Select Mac OS Extended (No Journaling) for volumes that will be used as media or data storage drives. You can change the alloted size of the partitions by dragging the little button found between the the partitions in the Volume Scheme section, up or down. Select each partition and then name and set the format. When you are done, click on the 'Apply' button.

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