In the present time, when you purchase a USB drive, you can put it to use right after taking it out of the box. However, if it is not designed for Mac users, you won’t be able to format USB flash drive by Mac OS preferred filed system. This is because a lot of computer systems across the world run Windows OS which utilizes a different file system knowingly called FAT32.
But the drives formatted as FAT32 are read and written to Mac operating system but it is not right and you may end up into problems if you don’t use the native format of Mac OS. So, if you have a USB drive that needs formatting or has been formatted as FAT32, then here is the right way to format USB flash drive on Mac. The process is the same if you want to reformat your flash drive on your Mac device.
Steps to format USB flash drive on a Mac system:
Step 1: Plug the drive in the USB socket. For those who own a MacBook or MacBook Pro which has a USB C connector, they need to use a USB C to USB A adaptor.
Step 2: Check the new Finder box and tap on the drive. Ensure that it has none of the folders or files which you will need later as the reformatting procedure will wipe away all the files and data from there.
Step 3: After copying the files which you require from the USB drive to your Mac system, open Applications >Utilities and tap on Disk Utility.
Step 4: Tap on the USB drive and select “Erase” from the toolbar located on the top of the window.
Step 5: A window will dropdown. Type the name for the formatted drive there.
Step 6: Select a format from the menu in the dropdown.
Step 7: If there are any stored sensitive files on the drive, tap on Security Tab.
Step 8: Select a security level via a slider. The more right you go, the more the erase tool will move ahead and the more securely files will be erased. However, it enhances the time it needs to format the drive to a great extent.
Step 9: After clicking OK, click Erase.
There is no need to erase the whole drive. If you have some secure or confidential files on your system which you want to erase, you can also use File Shredder. It helps to wipe out sensitive files and make it irrecoverable. You can download the software available online for free.
USB format on Mac may not always go right and you might accidentally delete something important too. Many times you erase something mistakenly and then regret later. However, you have recovery programs to get the data back from your USB drives too. Make sure you use one in case of such a mishap. It is better to keep a backup for every file when you format USB flash drive on Mac.