How Do I Reformat My Seagate Backup Plus For Mac

  • Log Into Your Mac. And Plug In Your Seagate Drive. Your Seagate external hard drive unless it’s one.
  • Click on your Seagate Backup Plus in the External drives list. The little arrow head to the left of your drive name will open up the different levels. Take care to click at the top level. The level the yellow arrow in the picture points at.

Published on October 20th, 2013

Seagate Backup Plus Hub – Unboxing. The Seagate Backup Plus Hub is available in both a Windows and Mac format as well as several sizes from 4TB to 8TB. Our evaluation unit was an 8TB Windows version which comes out of the box in the NTFS format (the Mac version comes in the default HFS+ format).

How to properly Format/Reformat a hard drive for Mac OS

A hard drive or hard disk can be used in any type of computer, whether for PC (Windows) or for Mac. Before you can use it though, you need to properly format or reformat a hard drive so that it will become compatible or readable with the Operating System that you are using. In this guide I will show you how you can properly format/reformat a hard drive for Mac OS. Formatting a hard drive for Windows will be discussed in another article.

Formatting and Reformatting a hard drive or hard disk is an easy task (if you know how). But it is also dangerous as it can result in loosing data or corrupting the drive when it is not done properly.

Before I proceed, I will be explaining some few things regarding formatting a hard drive. But if you want to know the instructions in formatting and reformatting a hard drive, just scroll down to the instructions below.

First, why do we need to format and/or reformat a hard drive. I will name some reasons, common reasons why we need to do this.

1. Some hard drives are already pre-formatted for a certain platform or system, like when you buy it out of the box it’s already formatted for Mac or Windows. But when it is not, we need to format the drive.

2. Hard drives are formatted so that a particular platform or operating system will be able to read and recognize the drive, whether it is an internal drive or external drive.

3. Hard drives are reformatted because sometimes we need to do clean up and we just want to wipe everything out that is written in the drive.

4. Formatting/Reformatting a drive can also remove soft bad sectors. But not necessarily always. Sometimes when a drive has a physical bad sector, reformatting it could spread the damage.

5. We reformat a hard drive if we are switching from one platform to another (Windows to Mac and vice verse)

Back to the main topic, below is a step by step instruction on how to Format/Reformat a hard drive for Mac OS.

Warning: FORMATTING and REFORMATTING A DRIVE ERASES EVERYTHING. Proceed with caution. Do backup your files first.

Formatting/Reformatting a hard drive for a Mac

1. Open Disk Utility by clicking Finder -> Applications -> Utilities and finally click Disk Utility.

2. Choose the hard drive that you want to format or reformat. Make sure that it is the correct hard drive!

3. Go to the Partition Tab

4. Click the Current Volume Scheme drop down menu and choose One (1) partition.

5. Click Options, and from the Partition Scheme provided choose “GUID Partition Table” radio button or “Apple Partition Map” radio button.

6. Then click OK. Then key-in in the other options like Volume Name, Format and Size.
In this juncture, in the Format option, choose Mac OS for Mac OS X. Or MS-DOS File System otherwise.

7. Click Apply and the Partition Disk screen will open.

8. Click Partition. During this time the drive or volume will dismount and it will be partitioned and formatted. DO NOT TURN OFF OR RESTART your computer during this time!

Time Machine may pop up asking you to use the newly formatted drive for backups. Just cancel it to proceed.

9. After that, just exit Disk Utility and your done!

Hope this “format/reformat a hard drive for Mac” guide helped!

Below are some recommended Internal Hard drive and External Hard Drives that you might like. All of them are best sellers.

Currently Best Selling Internal Hard Drives

Good free virus scanner mac. 1. WD Blue 1 TB Desktop Hard Drive: 3.5 Inch, 7200 RPM, SATA 6 Gb/s, 64 MB Cache – WD10EZEX

2. WD Red 3 TB NAS Hard Drive: 3.5 Inch, SATA III, 64 MB Cache – WD30EFRX

3. Western Digital WD1002FAEX Caviar Black 1 TB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Internal Desktop 3.5″ Hard Drive

4. Seagate Barracuda 3 TB HDD SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 7200 RPM 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST3000DM001

5. Western Digital 4 TB WD Green SATA III 5400 RPM 64 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive WD40EZRX

Currently Best Selling External Hard Drives

1. WD My Passport Ultra Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0 with Auto and Cloud Backup

2. WD My Cloud Personal Cloud Storage

3. WD My Passport Portable External Hard Drive Storage USB 3.0

4. WD My Passport for Mac Portable External Hard Drive Storage USB 3.0

5. Seagate Backup Plus USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive

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Published on October 20th, 2013

How to properly Format/Reformat a hard drive for Mac OS

A hard drive or hard disk can be used in any type of computer, whether for PC (Windows) or for Mac. Before you can use it though, you need to properly format or reformat a hard drive so that it will become compatible or readable with the Operating System that you are using. In this guide I will show you how you can properly format/reformat a hard drive for Mac OS. Formatting a hard drive for Windows will be discussed in another article.

Formatting and Reformatting a hard drive or hard disk is an easy task (if you know how). But it is also dangerous as it can result in loosing data or corrupting the drive when it is not done properly.

Before I proceed, I will be explaining some few things regarding formatting a hard drive. But if you want to know the instructions in formatting and reformatting a hard drive, just scroll down to the instructions below.

First, why do we need to format and/or reformat a hard drive. I will name some reasons, common reasons why we need to do this.

1. Some hard drives are already pre-formatted for a certain platform or system, like when you buy it out of the box it’s already formatted for Mac or Windows. But when it is not, we need to format the drive.

2. Hard drives are formatted so that a particular platform or operating system will be able to read and recognize the drive, whether it is an internal drive or external drive.

3. Hard drives are reformatted because sometimes we need to do clean up and we just want to wipe everything out that is written in the drive.

4. Formatting/Reformatting a drive can also remove soft bad sectors. But not necessarily always. Sometimes when a drive has a physical bad sector, reformatting it could spread the damage.

How Do I Format My Seagate External Hard Drive For Mac

5. We reformat a hard drive if we are switching from one platform to another (Windows to Mac and vice verse)

Back to the main topic, below is a step by step instruction on how to Format/Reformat a hard drive for Mac OS.

Warning: FORMATTING and REFORMATTING A DRIVE ERASES EVERYTHING. Proceed with caution. Do backup your files first.

Formatting/Reformatting a hard drive for a Mac

1. Open Disk Utility by clicking Finder -> Applications -> Utilities and finally click Disk Utility.

2. Choose the hard drive that you want to format or reformat. Make sure that it is the correct hard drive!

3. Go to the Partition Tab

4. Click the Current Volume Scheme drop down menu and choose One (1) partition.

5. Click Options, and from the Partition Scheme provided choose “GUID Partition Table” radio button or “Apple Partition Map” radio button.

6. Then click OK. Then key-in in the other options like Volume Name, Format and Size.
In this juncture, in the Format option, choose Mac OS for Mac OS X. Or MS-DOS File System otherwise.

7. Click Apply and the Partition Disk screen will open.

8. Click Partition. During this time the drive or volume will dismount and it will be partitioned and formatted. DO NOT TURN OFF OR RESTART your computer during this time!

Time Machine may pop up asking you to use the newly formatted drive for backups. Just cancel it to proceed.

9. After that, just exit Disk Utility and your done!

Hope this “format/reformat a hard drive for Mac” guide helped!

Below are some recommended Internal Hard drive and External Hard Drives that you might like. All of them are best sellers.

Currently Best Selling Internal Hard Drives

1. WD Blue 1 TB Desktop Hard Drive: 3.5 Inch, 7200 RPM, SATA 6 Gb/s, 64 MB Cache – WD10EZEX

2. WD Red 3 TB NAS Hard Drive: 3.5 Inch, SATA III, 64 MB Cache – WD30EFRX

3. Western Digital WD1002FAEX Caviar Black 1 TB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Internal Desktop 3.5″ Hard Drive

4. Seagate Barracuda 3 TB HDD SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 7200 RPM 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST3000DM001

How Do I Reformat My Seagate Backup Plus For Mac Computer

5. Western Digital 4 TB WD Green SATA III 5400 RPM 64 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive WD40EZRX

Currently Best Selling External Hard Drives

1. WD My Passport Ultra Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0 with Auto and Cloud Backup

How Do I Reformat My Seagate Backup Plus For Mac Portable Drive

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2. WD My Cloud Personal Cloud Storage

3. WD My Passport Portable External Hard Drive Storage USB 3.0

How Do I Reformat My Seagate Backup Plus For Mac Os

4. WD My Passport for Mac Portable External Hard Drive Storage USB 3.0

5. Seagate Backup Plus USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive

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