Reformat freeagent goflex drive for mac

How to format your drive in macOS 10.11 and above

I see that the drives come formatted NTFS and include the mac drivers from paragon. Is this a good way to go? I don't use windows currently, but some of my friends and family do, and I might want to share occassionally, as I plan to hook them up to PogoPlug in the future. If reformatting the drives, what is the recommended mac format to use?

I see four different choices in the option box in the disc utility. Oddly enough, I went through this exact same thing in December. My cheapo external drive died so I replaced it with a Goflex as the cost was right. The "supplied driver for Mac" put me off a bit, but the gentleman at Best Buy assured me I could reformat it and that they would accept a return if he was wrong.

Anyhow, just power it up and then connect it to your Mac. Open Disk Utility and select the Goflex on the left side pane.


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You can rename the drive to something meaningful to you in the space below the drop down. Then just hit the "Erase" button and you are good to go. No driver is needed! Never judge a man, untill you have walked a mile in his shoes That way you'll be a mile away from him, and you'll have his shoes. Thanks XJ. Thanks for your help! I had gotten to that point, but wasn't sure whether to go with extended or the extended journaled.

This drive is just for music. Is journaling necessary? Does it slow the drive down?

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What about taking up more room on the drive? One last thing-when I place a question, how is the best way to find responses to it? I had to go through each question until I found mine Failure in reformatting Seagate to extended journal. My drive now does not appear on the desk top, and I got the message: What does this mean? Very odd.

It worked fine for me. Below is a link to an article on the Seagate website which runs through the steps on formatting the drive. It appears they want you to use the "Partition" tab instead of the "Erase" tab - my bad.

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I know better than that and cranked out an answer too quickly. Give it a try and let us know if it works. Originally Posted by Wayne I really appreciate your help XJ. I do not see any options to partition the drive.


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I am running v Am I missing something? On the left side, make sure you have the top-most icon for the external disc selected ie: Exos Achieve greater capacity. Systems Deploy better infrastructure. Lyve Data Labs. Data Security. Our Story. Seagate Champions. Software Downloads. A hard drive can be used on any type of computer - PC or Mac. But in order for the computer and drive to talk to one another, the drive has to be formatted. This article explains.

Seagate internal drives must be formatted before use. Drives that will be bootable are formatted during the process of installing the operating system ie, Windows or MacOS. Drives that will be used for storage can be formatted according to the instructions below. Or, if you have a drive that is formatted for a different type of computer or a drive that is not preformatted, you will need to format the drive before you can use it.

Formatting erases all data on the drive. So if you are formatting a drive that has already been used, be sure to copy any files you will ever want to see again onto a computer or backup drive. For instructions on how to format your hard drive on a Mac, please reference the following links: