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Wayne Marx
Useful Hint - How to reformat a PC/'FAT' USB Drive to OS Extended
on Jul 1, 2010 at 1:08:45 pm

Hi,

I've just had this problem solved and thought I'd share.

I was given a PC USB hard drive formatted as FAT 32. I'm running 10.5.6 and couldn't get Disk Utility to format it to Mac OS Extended.

So I found this pearl of wisdom from:
http://en.kioskea.net/forum/affich-4848-wd-my-book-formattin


Use the Apple Disk utility software that comes with your Mac.

PARTITION your Mac as 1 Partition and while you are in that same window, SELECT OPTIONS.

THIS IS THE KEY: There are 3 radio buttons in the popup window for formatting options. The drive was preset as the bottom button PC formatting and you have to chose the middle button which is for Mac.

Click apply and finish formatting your drive. Works perfectly.

One other thing, it is a good idea not to have any applications running when you format the drive.


Hope this helps.

It sure helped me.

Wayne


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