This type of formatting extends to all storage media for Macs, including hard drives, DVD & CD, Blade and USB flash drives, and SSD.
How to FormatYou will need to start with the Disk Utility in the Apple system in order to properly format the hard drive. This will not only clean out the hard drive, but add new partitions as well which makes it different than simply removing old files. Keep in mind that you will be erasing all stored information on your hard drive, so be sure to have a handy backup such as a Cloud or other drive to store all pertinent information off your Mac.
- In Applications/Utilities, Launch Disk Utility
- Select the Drive you want to Format
- The Information in the Drive will be Displayed
- Click or Select “Erase”
In the Erase format, be sure to use the drop down panel and select from the following OS X Extended;
- Case-Sensitive, Journaled
- Journaled, Encrypted
- Case-Sensitive, Journaled, Encrypted
PartitioningIn order to use the partition format, go to the Erase panel and chose from the drop-down Scheme field.
- GUID Partition Map
- Apple Partition Map
- Master Boot Record
Once you have made all of your selections in the Erase panel, you can click the Erase button. The Disk Utility will erase what you have selected and set up the partitions for the drive. This will result in one volume being created so you can mount your Mac’s desktop. Click Done once the process is complete. Now you will have a clean Mac and can start over again simply be reloading the information that you have set aside in a protected drive.
If you need to recover format a Mac’s hard drive or find out that during the hard drive recovery you will need to save additional files, be sure to use the uFlysoft program.