How to Format Western Digital Passport for Mac OS X

Computers running the Mac OS X operating system, produced by Apple, use the Hierarchical File System Plus (HFS+) filesystem natively. HFS+ supports features such as permissions and resource forks, which the UNIX-based Mac OS X depends on for proper system operations. A Western Digital Passport external hard drive typically comes formatted with the FAT32 filesystem, which allows for compatibility between different operating systems. You can format a Western Digital Passport external drive to the HFS+ filesystem for use on Mac OS X.


    • 1

      Connect the Western Digital Passport drive to the computer.

    • 2

      Click the Finder icon in the Dock.

    • 3

      Click the "Go" menu at the top of the screen, then click "Utilities."

    • 4

      Double-click "Disk Utility."

    • 5

      Click the Western Digital Passport drive in the left column of the Disk Utility window.

    • 6

      Click the "Partition" tab.

    • 7

      Click "1 Partition" under "Volume Scheme."

    • 8

      Enter a name for the formatted drive if you wish, then click "Apply."

    • 9

      Click "Partition" to erase the drive and finalize the changes.

Tips & Warnings

  • This is a destructive process that erases all existing data on the Western Digital Passport drive. Be sure that any important data residing on the Passport drive is backed up.
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