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  • Jan 07, 2020
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Your Mac hard drive, you can format it with Apple's own "disk utility". This only applies to hard drives and partitions on which the operating system is installed. We will show you how to do it.

Hard drive to the Mac and MacBook to format

In just a few steps, you delete a hard drive on the Mac. For this, you use the disk utility from Apple, where you can see all disks and partitions. Note, however, that formatting will delete all the data.
  1. You can open the Spotlight search in the menu bar at the top right, by clicking on the magnifying glass icon or the Shortcut cmd + spacebar. Here, you enter the keyword "disk utility". Select the first result.
  2. In the new window you will see links to all of the hard drives listed (See image). Now select the hard drive to erase from.
  3. Then, click in the right pane of the window, click the tab "Delete".
  4. Now you can decide for a Format (in OS X, Mac OS Extended (Journaled) is recommended) and a name for the disk or Partition assigned. Click on the button "Delete...", starts the formatting. This can take a while depending on the size of the hard drive some time.
Hard drive on the Mac, formatting the USB disk

Mac system hard drive delete

You want to install a new operating system or simply delete the hard disk on which the operating system is, you need to consider your Computer restart and the following. Please note that all data is lost and you should consider reinstalling the OS X operating system on DVD or USB-Stick is ready.
  1. During the Boot process press and hold the "alt" key pressed. You don't do this early enough to start the System normally.
  2. In the open program, you can choose a startup Volume. Here, select the Partition labeled "recovery".
  3. You will then be shown, after some time, a list of the different applications. Here, select the "disk utility".
  4. Now select on the left your hard drive and click on the tab to the "Delete"Option.
  5. Give the drive a name, select a Format. Click again on delete, you will format the System hard disk.


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