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How do I Reformat WD External Hard Drive for Mac?

The WD external hard drives work well on both Mac and Windows computers. It is used to store and take backup for files and documents on your computers. If you try to use the WD external hardware with numerous operating systems, it will create problems because you have to format the drive with the FAT32 file system. If you have used in windows and want to use it on Mac, it will not support it since it has a different file format. So, the only remedy to make your hard drive compatible with other operating systems is to reformat the drive. Reformatting will delete all your data in WD external hard drive. So if you have any important files, back them up to another device. Follow our instructions to do reformat WD external hard drive for Mac.

Reformat WD External Hard Drive for Mac

Steps to Reformat Western Digital External Hard Drive For Mac

  • Connect your Western Digital External hard drive to your Mac using the USB cable that came with the drive.
  • Open Disk Utility from the following location: /Applications/Utilities
  • Click your WD external drive from the left pane of the Disk Utility.
  • After selecting the WD drive, click the Erase tab, which is at the top. Then click on the Format drop-down menu and select Mac OS Extended.
  • Click the Erase button. Now the formatting process will begin and it will take only a few minutes.
  • Once the reformat WD external hard drive for Mac is done, close the Disk Utility window.
  • Now, your WD external drive will show up on your desktop.
  • To access your WD drive, right-click on the drive icon and choose Eject from the menu.

It is always safe to eject your external drive before removing your USB cable, or else there are chances for the files on the drive to get corrupted.

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