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How To Format Flashdisk on Mac

how to format flahsdisk on mac

Flash Disk, an external Hard Disk is an external storage media commonly used to move or back up documents. Usually, new users who switch from Windows to Mac computers will wonder how to format Flash Disk or External Hard Disk on Mac computers? Here is the complete guide:

How to Format a Flash Disk on a Mac Computer:

1. Open the Disk Utility application. How to from the Applications - Utilities folder or use Spotlight help.
2.The image below is a display of Disk Utilities in OS X El Capitan, Sierra, or High Sierra. In the sidebar, press Flash Disk or storage media that you want to format.
3. Press the Erase button at the top.
4. Select the name and format to be used. The following explanation:

  1. Mac OS Extended (Journaled ): The standard format used by Mac computers. Must be used for external storage media that will be used as Time Machine Backup. However, this format does not support Windows computers, it requires additional applications from third parties. This format is also commonly called HFS +.
  2. Mac OS Extended (Case Sensitive, Journaled): Same as the previous explanation, but this format has a way to detect document names that are sensitive to typeface. Documents or folders named "MakeMac" and "Makemac" will be read like 2 different things. Not all third party applications support the Mac OS Extended format (Case Sensitive, Journaled).
  3. MS-DOS (FAT): Universal format for external storage media that can be used on Mac and Windows computers. However, this format does not support media with more than 32GB of storage capacity. In addition, FAT also does not support storing a document above 4GB.
  4. ExFAT: The latest universal format that can work on storage media above 32GB and supports documents above 4GB. This format is commonly used for memory cards in digital cameras, SSDs, or external hard disks that are already using wireless technology.
  5. APFS: New format from Apple for Flash Storage ( SSD ) devices that only works on macOS High Sierra.

5. Select the Schema to be used, the following is an explanation:
  1. GUID Partition Map: Used for all Mac computers with Intel CPUs.
  2. Master Boot Record: Used for partitions that support Windows, FAT or exFAT.
  3. Apple Partition Map: Used to support older Mac computers, still using PC Power CPU.

6. Finished with all the settings, press the Erase button to run the formatting process.


The final word

As a side note, you also changed the name (Rename) of the storage media that was completed. Stay access in the Finder or Disk Utility then press Rename to change the name of the storage media.

Meanwhile, to see the type of format used, please access from Disk Utility then observe the main section. Another way is to use Finder, right-click and select Get Info, or you can also use the Cmd + I shortcut.
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