Click the Spotlight magnifying glass in the top right of the screen (or press cmd + Space). Type disk utility and press enter. Once Disk Utility is open. Click on your the USB drive you want to format on the left (see fig 1 below). Click the Erase tab on the right (see fig 2… Continue reading How to format a USB or External hard drive on Mac
In the Dock, click the Finder icon (smiley face). Click Finder (in the top left of the screen). Click Preferences. Click the General tab if it isn’t already selected. Check the “Hard disks” option and any others that you wish to see appear.
Problem When trying to access a hard drive you notice that it’s icon has a locked padlock on it. Right clicking the drive and selecting ‘Get Info’ displays the permissions as Custom. Attempting to change them may have no effect. Solution Choose a solution by selecting a tab below: Step By Step Press cmd +… Continue reading Hard drive appears as locked on Mac
Problem In Mac OS X, you right click your external hard drive and click eject but it gives the following error: “The volume [Name] cannot be ejected because it is currently in use” Solution Make sure all programs are closed. Click the Apple icon in the top left of the screen, then click Force Quit. In the list click Finder. Now… Continue reading The volume cannot be ejected because it is currently in use
When using an External HD on a Mac & Windows computer you may run into problems. Here is a guide to demonstrate what formats work best for your drive depending on your situation. Format Operating System Windows (NTFS) Mac OS Extended (HFS+) FAT32* Windows Read & Write Read Only Read & Write Mac OS X Read Only Read & Write Read & Write Access Type… Continue reading Using External HD’s on Mac & Windows