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Formatting an NTFS drive using a Mac

  • October 10, 2016 /
  • by Tiffiny Rossi

We recently released the 2016 edition of Tuxera NTFS for Mac with macOS Sierra support. Did you know that Tuxera NTFS for Mac 2016 also comes with Tuxera Disk Manager? With Tuxera Disk Manager, you can format an external drive or USB stick to work with Windows PCs.

What is formatting?

Simply put, formatting is the process of preparing a drive for use by an operating system. As an example, say you want to get super-organized with your sock drawer. To do that, you would first empty the drawer of all your mixed socks. Then, you’d place a drawer divider into the drawer. The drawer divider creates several small compartments inside the drawer, each meant for storing one pair of socks. With your sock organizing system in place, you’re set up to start filling each compartment with pairs.

Tuxera – how to format an NTFS drive on Mac Sierra

Formatting a drive is a bit like organizing a sock drawer. Image credit: osseous (own work) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Flickr.

This is similar to how formatting works. First the drive is cleared of any data that may be stored on it. Then it’s set up and organized for storing data in a way that’s possible for the computer’s operating system to understand. And finally, you can start adding files onto it.

Be aware that if you do format a drive, everything on it is deleted in the process. So if you have anything important stored on the drive, make sure you back it up before you format.

Tuxera Disk Manager – a must-have for El Capitan

We originally developed Tuxera Disk Manager for the OS X El Capitan release. At that time, Apple’s Disk utility – which is normally used for formatting drives – did not support the NTFS format. If you aren’t able to upgrade from El Capitan, you need to use Tuxera Disk Manager to format NTFS drives.

Apple Disk Utility vs. Tuxera Disk Manager

In Sierra, support for NTFS drivers has now returned to Apple’s Disk Utility. So if you’ve upgraded to Sierra, you can use Apple’s Disk Utility or Tuxera Disk Manager to format your drive. Whichever way you choose, you’ll still need to install Tuxera NTFS for Mac to format your drive.

Want to learn how it’s done? Watch our video on how to format an NTFS drive using Tuxera Disk Manager:

And if you don’t have it yet, get Tuxera NTFS for Mac 2016 with support for macOS Sierra here:

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Tiffiny brings 12 years of experience to Tuxera as our Content Manager, copywriter, and content strategist. Before joining Tuxera in 2016, she wrote about technology, consumer electronics, and industrial tech for Nokia, Microsoft, KONE Corporation, and many others. Around the office, we know Tiffiny for her love of geek culture, console gaming, and her adoration for Cloud City’s Baron Administrator, Lando Calrissian.