CompanyLogo
Search Advanced Search
Categories
General Questions (55)
Studio Series (29)
Shuttle Series (6)
Evolution Series (40)
G-DRIVE Family (41)
G-RAID Family (51)
G-SPEED/G-SAFE Family (52)
G-CONNECT (53)
G-MINI (15)
G-SATA (13)
Search
Advanced Search
FAQs
Search our FAQ to find resolutions to common issues.
How to format/reformat your drive for Mac (HFS+)

Please note that your G-Technology Product is already preformatted for use on a Mac.

Due to the differences between a Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows, formatting a drive for Mac only will cause the drive to not be accessible by Windows computers. If you plan on using the drive with Windows based computers, please format the drive for FAT32 which will allow both Mac OS X and Windows computers to recognize it.

 

NOTE:The steps below use the G-Drive slim as an example only. The steps remain the same regardless of the G-Technology product you're attempting to format.

 

WARNING: Any data on the drive will be erased in this process. 
 Please backup any data on the drive before proceeding.

 

Follow these steps to format your drive for use on the Mac:

  1. Connect and power the drive
  2. OpenMac HD, Macintosh HDor the name of your main hard drive in the finder
  3. OpenApplications > Utilities > Disk Utility


  4. Once the Disk Utility application has opened, your external hard drive should be listed on the left. It should show the drive size with a second indented line beneath it that shows the existing partition

  5. Select the Erasetab at the top of the screen

  6. SelectMac OS Extended (Journaled)for the volume format option
  7. Change the name of the drive if desired
  8. ClickEraseat the bottom of the screen. You will receive a warning message asking you to confirm the erase procedure.

When the process completes, the drive will be ready for use by selecting it on your Desktop or Finder window


Print  Email  Save  Notify Me  Add to Favorites 
Article ID: 57 Article Created: 04-01-2011 00:21 AMLast Modified: 09-25-2013 15:49 PM

How well did this article answer your question? 100% 75% 50% 25% 0%

Most Recently Viewed Articles
Formatting your drive for both Mac and Windows using ex-FAT
 This article contains information how to format your G-Technology hard drive for use with both Windows and Mac using the ex-FAT format....
How to format your drive for use with both Windows and Mac (FAT 32)
 Follow these steps to format your drive for both Windows and Mac...
Formatting NTFS for Windows
 This article contains information on how to format your G-Technology Hard Drive in NTFS for use with Windows....
What RAID controller is recommend by G-Technology?
 The RAID controller recommended for use with the G-SPEED eS is our High-Performance 4-port card. For more details, view this article....
I can’t access the GUI
 This article contains information for troubleshotting GUI access using your G-SPEED eS....
Do I have to keep my computer on while the RAID is building/rebuilding?
The G-SPEED eS does require that you keep your computer running while the RAIDset is building/rebuilding....
Why won’t my G-DRIVE with Thunderbolt power on?
If your G-DRIVE with Thunderbolt will not power on, make sure that the USB or Thunderbolt cable is properly connected to a computer that is powered on....
Using my G-SPEED eS with multiple brand RAID controllers
 It is not recommended to move the G-SPEED eS between RAID controllers of different brands....
External Drive Troubleshooting - Mac
Basic steps for troubleshooting your G-Technology external drive on the Mac...
Rebuilding your RAID for G-SPEED
This article contains information on how to rebuild your RAID for your G-SPEED....