Need to format brand new USB hard drive, or not?

Started Dec 29, 2012 | Discussions thread
Howard Moftich
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Re: Need to format brand new USB hard drive, or not?
In reply to BobVell, Dec 29, 2012

It depends.

98% of those USB drives that you'll buy are formatted for PC's.  If they are formatted in FAT or exFAT, then the Mac can read/write to them but they aren't in a Mac native format.  If you're going to use this drive exclusively on a Mac, then go into Disk Utility and reformat it and that can also get rid of any preloaded autorun crapware the mfgr installed

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