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How to Format Set Up Install External Hard Drive on Mac

My external hard drive for my MAC my passport essential bmv was stolen and later recovered by the police. The criminal erased all of my data and used it on his own computer for his files on a PC which the police erased before giving it back to me.

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But now I'm not able to save any of my MAC files on it. I can read whats left on the drive as police only erased the criminals pics etc. It looks as though he might have reformatted it to work with his PC?? I've googled this and can't find answers to figure out how to fix this and format it back to accept my MAC files. Help please!!! View nukemaster's answer.


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Nov 23, 19, 3 81, 2, Instructions here. Lock that drive up to prevent future theft. You must log in or register to reply here. This is because you must format the drive with a specific file system before using it with a computer, and Windows and Mac computers run on different file systems. The only solution to making your hard drive compatible with a different operating system is to reformat the drive. This, however, erases all of the data on the drive. Plug your Western Digital external hard drive into your computer using the USB cable that came with drive.

This is the file system that is compatible with your Windows computer.


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  5. Click the "Start" button at the bottom of the dialog box and the Western Digital hard drive is reformatted. Click the Western Digital Drive from the left pane and then click the "Erase" tab at the top of the dialog box.

    Click the "Erase" button in the lower-right corner and the Western Digital drive is reformatted for use with your Mac. This article was written by the It Still Works team, copy edited and fact checked through a multi-point auditing system, in efforts to ensure our readers only receive the best information.