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How to format for MAC
Last Updated 4 years ago

Formatting for a MAC computer


If your unit was shipped with the Windows NTFS file system. A simple reformat will be needed to work with your Mac. If you have data on the drive, this process will permanently remove any data. (please contact Technical Support for additional options prior to moving forward)





Formatting your drive for use in MAC OSX (High Sierra):
  1. Remove all external Hard Drives including Flash Drives.
  2. Power up your ioSafe, plug it into your Mac, and wait for it to show up on the desktop.
  3. Click Go on a Finder window, and select Utilities.
  4. Open up the Disk Utility application located within the "Utilities" folder.
  5. With the view options button, select 'Show all devices'
  6. You will see all drives listed in the left pane. The ioSafe should be listed under “External Devices”.
  7. Click to highlight the main partition of the ioSafe media.
  8. You should see the button tools across the top of Disk Utility, select the “Erase” option to open the Erase Wizard.
  9. Give the Name of the drive you would like.
  10. Under the “Format” select OS X Extended (Journaled)
  11. Under “Scheme” Select GUID Partition map.
  12. Then click the “Erase” button and it will then got through the formatting process of your ioSafe.
  13. Once completed, you should then be able to point Time Machine to begin your backups.

Formatting your drive for use in MAC OSX (El Capitan):
  1. Remove all external Hard Drives including Flash Drives.
  2. Power up your ioSafe, plug it into your Mac, and wait for it to show up on the desktop.
  3. Click Go on a Finder window, and select Utilities.
  4. Open up the Disk Utility application located within the "Utilities" folder.
  5. You will see all drives listed in the left pane. The ioSafe should be listed under “External Devices”.
  6. Click to highlight the main partition of the ioSafe media.
  7. You should see the button tools across the top of Disk Utility, select the “Erase” option to open the Erase Wizard.
  8. Give the Name of the drive you would like.
  9. Under the “Format” select OS X Extended (Journaled)
  10. Under “Scheme” Select GUID Partition map.
  11. Then click the “Erase” button and it will then got through the formatting process of your ioSafe.
  12. Once completed, you should then be able to point Time Machine to begin your backups.
You can also view a video guide here:
https://youtu.be/bQafeXGi09g


Formatting your drive for use in MAC OSX (Yosemite and older):
  1. Remove all external Hard Drives including Flash Drives.
  2. Power up your ioSafe, plug it into your Mac, and wait for it to show up on the desktop.
  3. Click Go on a Finder window, and select Utilities.
  4. Open up the Disk Utility application located within the “Utilities” folder.
  5. You will see all drives listed in the left pane. The ioSafe should be listed under “External Devices”.
  6. Click to highlight the main partition of the ioSafe media.
  7. You should see the button tools across the top of Disk Utility, select the “Partition” option.
  8. Click on the drop down menu where it says “Volume Scheme” and select “1 Partition”.
  9. Click on the “Options” button, select the “GUID Partition Table” option and click “OK”.
  10. Click in the field that allows you to name the volume and type in the value you prefer.
  11. Verify the volume format is set to “Mac OS Extended (journaled).
  12. Click “Apply” and then click “Partition” to start the formatting process.
  13. Once completed, you should then be able to point Time Machine to begin your backups.
You can also view a video guide here:
https://youtu.be/H-dtsBV7eTI

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