CompanyLogo
Search Advanced Search
Categories
General Questions (41)
G-CONNECT (53)
G-DRIVE ev (6)
G-DRIVE ev PLUS (6)
G-DOCK ev with Thunderbolt (15)
G-DRIVE (21)
G-DRIVE mini (25)
G-DRIVE mobile (18)
G-DRIVE mobile USB (17)
G-DRIVE slim (17)
G-MINI (16)
G-RAID (26)
G-RAID (legacy) (22)
G-RAID mini (25)
G-RAID Thunderbolt (15)
G-SATA (15)
G-SAFE (19)
G-SPEED (24)
G-SPEED Q (25)
G-SPEED eS PRO (21)
G-SPEED eS (33)
G-SPEED FC (16)
G-SPEED FC XL (20)
XL 12 (14)
XL 16 (14)
Search
Advanced Search
FAQs
Search our FAQ to find resolutions to common issues.
How to format your drive for use with both Windows and Mac (FAT 32)

 

Due to the differences between a Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows, formatting a drive for both Mac and Windows will limit maximum file sizes of 4GB. If you plan on using files larger than 4GB, please format the drive for ONLY Mac (HFS+) or ONLY Windows (NTFS).

 

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 both Mac and Windows:

  1. On your Mac, connect and power the drive
  2. Open Mac HD, Macintosh HD or the name of your main hard drive in the finder
  3. Open Applications > 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 Erase tab at the top of the screen


     
  6. Select MS DOS (FAT) for the volume format option
  7. Change the name of the drive if desired
  8. Click Erase at 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: 58 Article Created: 04-01-2011 00:22 AMLast Modified: 07-22-2013 13:03 PM

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

Most Recently Viewed Articles
G-CONNECT System Requirements and Box Contents
The G-CONNECT device has support for the following Operating Systems. The device is ready for use with Apple® Mac OS X® and Microsoft Windows® systems and comes formatted as FAT-32, which is ideal for cross-platform use....
How do I setup my drive for use as a Time Machine backup?
In most cases when a new drive is connected to the system Time Machine will prompt you for the setup. If this does not   happen or if you are... ...
Difficulties transferring files 30GB or greater with the G-DRIVE and G-SPEED
G-Technology places a high value on the quality of our products and we want our customers to always expect that our products meet your expectations.  Recently, it has come to our attention ...
What RAID settings does G-RAID ship in?
The G-RAID ships in a RAID 0 (Stripe) configuration allowing for increased performance....
Are there any other ways to access the content on the G-CONNECT with my iOS device?
The G–CONNECT supports a variety of interface protocols that allow you to access, view and play content directly from the G–CONNECT....
Safely Ejecting Your G-Technology Drive
 How to properly eject your drive before disconnecting or powering off....
What does RAID mean?
 RAID stands for Redundant Array of Independent Disks......
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....
Quick Setup for G-Technology Products
    ...
Windows Thunderbolt Driver Installation (Marvell)
How to install Thunderbolt Driver for Windows (Marvell Driver)...