Format a Hard Drive Using Mac OS X Disk Utility

Format a Hard Drive Using Mac OS X Disk Utility

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These are instructions on how to format a hard drive using Mac OS X Disk Utility.

Step One
If your hard drive is an external drive, connect it to the computer. Launch Disk Utility from the Applications:Utilities folder.
Format a Hard Drive Using Mac OS X Disk Utility

Format a Hard Drive Using Mac OS X Disk Utility

Step Two
From the list on the left select the drive you would like to format
Format a Hard Drive Using Mac OS X Disk Utility

Step Three
Click to select the Erase tab.
Format a Hard Drive Using Mac OS X Disk Utility

Step Four
From the Volume Format dropdown select the format you would like the drive to be in.
Format a Hard Drive Using Mac OS X Disk Utility

Step Five
Enter the title for your volume in the Name field.
Format a Hard Drive Using Mac OS X Disk Utility

Step Six
Press the Security Options... button to specify how to erase the drive. You can choose: Don't Erase Data, Zero Out Data, 7-Pass Erase, or 35-Pass Erase. Click the OK button to continue.
Format a Hard Drive Using Mac OS X Disk Utility

Step Seven
You are now ready to begin the format. Click the Erase... button to start.
Format a Hard Drive Using Mac OS X Disk Utility

Step Eight
From the popup that appears click the Erase button to confirm you would like to format.
Format a Hard Drive Using Mac OS X Disk Utility

Step Nine
You will notice a status bar appear with the progress of your format.
Format a Hard Drive Using Mac OS X Disk Utility

Step Ten
Once the format has completed you will notice the disk remount in Disk Utility!
Format a Hard Drive Using Mac OS X Disk Utility
Salmon Tree - March 20, 2016 at 4:44am
Wow, actually worked. Didn't know if the comments were auto-generated so i was skeptical but it actually worked heaps well. I just did the no erase option and it literally took 40 seconds lol. Thanks heaps whoever made this!
deathtoallpoets - February 12, 2016 at 8:40pm
Worked perfectly for me! Thanks for this!
KMC - January 21, 2016 at 1:45pm
Thank you very much. So simply put and worked seamlessly!
jamin - December 31, 2015 at 4:13am
nice and ezy to understand and worked thanks ..
Anton Zeekd - December 15, 2015 at 4:18pm
I accidentally installed a brand new drive into my 2009 iMac without formatting it first. Now I am stuck. I have the discs but every instruction I find says to open disk utility. I can't get to it since this drive is unformnatted. Please help.
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