Formatting an External Drive

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Revision Date


March 4, 2022

This article will give you the steps needed on how to format an external drive

Works on

  • Macs

Step 1


  1. Click on the Finder icon on your Dock
  2. Navigate to Applications>Utilities>Disk Utility
  3. Open Disk Utility
  4. Select the drive located on the left under External
  5. Click on Erase located at the top right of the window.
  6. Give the external drive a name
  7. Select Mac OS Extended (Journaled)
  8. Click Erase
  9. Close Disk Utility