How To Format By Changing The Format Type Of A USB Drive In macOS

We all know very well that by default, our USB, external hard drive, or memory card uses a certain file system, which could be FAT32, NTFS, exFAT, or some other of the various ones.

However, here, the main problem comes when we require to use one of these units in a device incompatible with its file system. Hence, in that case, we format that unit by changing the file system for the compatible one; it may seem a straightforward process. Still, many users make it quite complicated on their own, but the fact is that it is a simple process that we will show you here step by step to make it simpler.

Steps to Format By Changing The Format Type Of A USB Drive In macOS

Hence, this article is proposed for users with limited technological knowledge. Here we will focus on the tech giant Apple’s macOS, the most common operating system in the ecosystem of the tech giant Apple.

  • In macOS, the process is practically the same as in the tech giant Microsoft’s Windows; you first have to click on the Disk Utility application.
  • Now the way to go is “Applications> Utilities> Disk Utility”, although you can also search directly by writing Disk Utility.
  • Once you open the Disk Utility tool, the first thing you have to do is select the unit whose file system you want to change in the column on the left, where the internal and external storage units are displayed.
  • Once the external unit has been selected, press the Delete option that you will see just above the information of the selected unit.
  • Now a window will open where you will be asked if you want to delete the unit, a process in which you will also be able to change the file system.
  • To do this, on this screen, click on the Format menu below where you name it.
  • A small window will open in which you will have to choose the file system you want to apply to the USB, SD card, or external hard drive you have connected.
  • Once you have chosen the file system, if you want, you can add a name to recognize the unit.
  • In any case, what you have to do to proceed with the change is to click on the Delete button.
  • Now the macOS will start formatting the unit and apply the new file system you chose.
  • That’s it; now you are done.

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