Jump to content

Recommended Posts

If you have a Mac and use storage devices like a USB drive of a different format than that recognized by Mac, you pretty much know that it is difficult to format it. The reason behind this is that most USB drives are designed to work on Windows OS, which runs on the FAT32 system. The Mac devices run on either APFS or Mac OS Extended.

So, if you have a drive that is Mac OS extended or APFS format, you can easily reformat your drive, but if the drive has a FAT32 file format, then you might be in problem. Mac can read and write on the FAT32 file format, but it will definitely give you some quality issues.

But not worry if you have bought a flash drive that runs on a different format than what is preferred by Mac. Below are some easy steps that will guide you to format these drives to Mac OS and APFS.

Image source: – maxupgrades

Also Read:-

16 Best Data Recovery Software for Mac 2021Accidental file deletions or file corruptions can be a serious problem, especially when we are not relying on cloud services...

How To Format A USB Drive On A Mac?

To format a USB drive, follow these steps: –

To format pendrive on Mac, Connect USB drive into the given socket. The latest MacBook Pro or another MacBook has only USB-C type connectors, so if you have the recent Mac’s, you will require an adaptor to convert from USB-C to USB-A.

Click the fresh Finder window. Then select the drive.

Next navigate to Applications and select Utilities, then select Disk Utility by double-clicking on it.

From the sidebar menu, select USB drive. Now select Erase from toolbar that is situated at top of window.

Next a window will drop down; here type a specific name for formatted drive.

Next from the drop-down menu, select the type of format you want.

If the USB flash drive, has some sensitive data, click on Security tab. This will let you choose how securely you want the files to be deleted.

Just move the slider to right, the further it moves, the more passes the erase feature will make meaning that the files will be removed discreetly. But keep in mind this step will increase the time of the format.
Note: – Formatting will wipe the entire data, so make sure the drive contains no important data on it. Copy any crucial data on your Mac.

Finally, click on OK and then select Erase.

This is a complete process of formatting a USB drive on Mac.

Also Read:-

Upgrade Your MacBook Pro With SSDDon’t buy a new machine when you can upgrade your MacBook Pro with an SSD. Read and know the step...

While Reformatting A USB Drive, Which File Format Should Be Used?

Depending on the currently running version of Mac- MacOS high Sierra or older, there are two available choices for file format- Mac OS Extended and APFS. Now, below are some pointers that will help you to select the best format according to your requirements:

If you have a Mac that runs the operating system (macOS) older than High Sierra, then it is crucial to format a thumb drive using the Mac OS Extended format. The reason behind this is that a reformatted disk in the APFS file format, will not load in the Mac.

If you are planning to format a flash drive on a Mac, select the APFS format as they are SSD (solid state drive) optimized. Even if you consider reformatting a hard drive, APFS is a better option as it is fast and reliable.

If you are going to utilize USB drive for Time Machine backups, then go for Mac OS Extended. This is because APFS disk doesn’t support Time Machine backup and even if you use this file format, it will give the option to reformat USB drive with Mac OS Extended.

However, any APFS formatted drive can be backed up to a Mac OS extended Time Machine drive.

Steps To Format A USB Drive To Fat32 On Mac:

Before we learn how to format a USB drive to FAT32 on Mac, it is necessary to learn why to do? And the reason behind this is as follows: –

FAT32 format can be read and written to on both the operating system- Mac and Windows.

There are many people who like to use the drive on both Mac and Windows, and others use it as a device for storage for TV shows and thus reformatting to FAT32 is necessary.

The only limitation with FAT32 is that the individual files should have a 4GB size and not more which poses a problem when USB drive has bigger size files.

However, in such cases, exFAT can be used as it no such limitation and can run on OS.

Also Read:-

10 Mac Terminal Commands You Should TryBeyond macOS skin, there’s a whole another world known as Mac command line. This article will describe how to use...

Here Are The Steps You Should Follow To Format USB Drive On Mac : –

Into your Mac, plug in the USB drive

Next, select Applications>Utilities and then launch Disk Utility

From the disk utility sidebar, select the USB drive

From the disk utility toolbar, chose Erase

Give the formatted disk a name and select either MS-DOS (FAT32) or ExFat from the format menu.6

Finally, select erase. Now your disk/drive will be reformatted to either FAT32 or ExFAT depending upon your selection

Link to post
Share on other sites

Avoid unnecessary posts such as 'Thank you', 'Welcome', etc. Such posts will be deleted and user will be warned if it happens again. If caught spamming, the following actions are applicable -

  • First time - Warning
  • Second time - 5000 Points will be deducted
  • Third time - Ban for 7 days
  • Fourth time - Permanent Ban

If the post helped you, reward the user by reacting to the post like this -

download.png

 

Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
  • Similar Topics

    • How to Update USB Audio Driver for Windows

      How Do I Install An Audio USB Driver? Windows works with the drivers as an essential component to communicate with the hardware. Here the audio devices which are externally connected via a USB port require USB driver download on the system. There are few options to make your USB audio device function properly with your computer. Methods To Update USB Audio Driver For Windows 10 There are a few methods which can be used in USB drivers download for the latest version. Method 1:

      in .::IH::. Torrent Guides and Tutorials

    • How to Update USB Audio Driver for Windows

      How Do I Install An Audio USB Driver? Windows works with the drivers as an essential component to communicate with the hardware. Here the audio devices which are externally connected via a USB port require USB driver download on the system. There are few options to make your USB audio device function properly with your computer. Methods To Update USB Audio Driver For Windows 10 There are a few methods which can be used in USB drivers download for the latest version. Method 1:

      in .::IH::. Torrent Guides and Tutorials

    • How To Fix ‘The Certificate For This Server Is Invalid’ On Mac

      How To Fix ‘ The Certificate For This Server Is Invalid ’ On Mac? Part 1: What Does It Mean When It Says The Certificate For This Server Is Invalid The website which maintains security issues and encrypts users’ data needs to obtain a host certificate from a Certification Authority (CA). For example, HTTPS or HyperText Transfer Protocol Secure is designed to keep the information encrypted between the user and the server. As the certificate makes sure that your data remain encrypte

      in .::IH::. Torrent Guides and Tutorials

    • How To Delete A User, A Guest and An Admin Account On Mac

      Multiple user accounts are created on Mac to share the system, compartmentalize data and settings, and for other different purposes. These user accounts take up storage space; therefore if you are facing a storage problem on your Mac or want to optimize it, deleting user accounts that are no longer in use is the right thing to do. Here in this article, we will discuss how to delete a user, an admin account on Mac. How To Delete A User From Mac To delete a standard user from your M

      in .::IH::. Torrent Guides and Tutorials

    • How to check Power Output of a USB Port on Windows 10

      There are two methods by which you can check the Power Output of USB Ports on Windows 10: By Device Manager By Third-Party application Let us talk about them in detail. Using Device Manager With the help of Device Manager, you can check the Power Output of USB Ports on Windows 10. To do that launch Device Manager by Win + X > Device Manager.  Expand Universal Serial Bus controller, right-click on “USB Root Hub” or “Generic USB Hub”, and click Properties.

      in .::IH::. Torrent Guides and Tutorials

  • Who Viewed the Topic

    2 members have viewed this topic:
×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use.