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How to format Mac stick

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How to format Mac stick: You recently moved from the Windows world to the Mac world, all content you immediately started to juggle with the various features of OS X but there is one thing that, for several days now, you keep asking yourself and which you cannot find answer: how to format Mac stick? Well, if things are actually this way, you have no reason to be alarmed. In fact, I can explain how to do it.

I know, apparently it may seem like a difficult operation to do but you have to believe me, formatting a Mac key is actually very simple. Furthermore, in order to do this, you do not need to use extra resources. Everything you need to succeed in this “enterprise” is already present on your computer.

So if you are willing to format Mac stick, I invite you to take a few minutes of free time and concentrate on reading the indications that I am about to give you. I am sure that in a few moments you will be able to format your pendrive and that in the end you will be ready to shout to the four winds that formatting Mac key was actually a breeze. Let it bet?

The first thing you need to do to be able to format Mac stick is to insert the USB stick on which you want to act and start Disk Utility, the application available as standard on OS X thanks to which it is possible to easily manage hard drives, pendrives and external media of various kinds. Then insert the pendrive in one of the USB ports of your Mac and then click on the item Go attached to the menu bar, then presses up Utility and double-click on the application icon. Alternatively, you can access Disk Utility by pressing on the magnifying glass located in the upper right part of the Mac desktop, typing disk utility in the search bar of Spotlight and double clicking on the first displayed result, the one shown as The best.

Screenshot of Disk Utility on Mac

In the window that will open at this point select the name of the USB stick from the left sidebar and then click on the button Initialize which is placed at the top. Now choose the file system you want to use to format the drive from the drop down menu Format. I suggest you choose MS-DOS (FAT) to maintain maximum compatibility with Windows, TV, media players and other devices while if you intend to use the stick exclusively with Mac computers then you can easily select one of the options OS X extended.

Screenshot of Disk Utility on Mac

Proceed going to assign any name to the USB stick by typing it in the field First name, leave the option selected under the item unchanged scheme and start the formatting procedure by clicking on the button Initialize.

Screenshot of Disk Utility on Mac

Once the formatting procedure has started, in a few seconds you will be shown a blue progress bar located in the center of the window and indicating the degree of completion of the operation. When finished, press the button end.

Screenshot of Disk Utility on Mac

Keep in mind that if you need to format Mac stick in format NTFS to do this you will necessarily have to resort to the use of some special extra resources. In fact, as you have certainly noticed, among the options to format the Mac key, the one relating to the NTFS file system is missing. The reason behind this is to be found in the fact that the NTFS file system was designed by Microsoft only and exclusively for Windows and on Macs it is supported only for reading and not also for writing, as long as not to use tools of third parties.

So if you need to activate full NTFS support on Mac, you can use some free software, which does not guarantee the same performance as the paid ones (in terms of writing speed and formatting) but they work well enough and are also supported by newer versions of OS X.

The first software you need to get is OSXFUSE. Click here to connect to the program’s website, then press on the first icon located in the right column, under the heading Stable Releases. When the download is complete, open the OSXFUSE installation package and start the file contained within it. Now follow the wizard taking care to put the check mark next to the item MacFUSE Compatibility layer.

The second program you need to install is NTFS-3G. Click here to connect to the program’s website, then press on the link located under the heading Download (Eg. NTFS – 3G for Mac OS X 2010.10.2). Once the download is complete, open the program installation package and start the file located inside it. Now follow the wizard taking care to put the check mark next to the item No caching.

The latest software you need is FUSE Wait. Click here to connect to the program’s website, then press on the link fuse_wait-1.1.pkg to also download this software on your Mac. Then start the app installation package and follow the installation wizard.

At this point restart your Mac and open Disk Utility. Done this on the card Initialize on your USB stick you should also find the entry Windows NT filesystem (NTFS – 3G) in the menu Format for choosing the file system to be used when formatting the drive.