MacBook :: Formatting SD Card As Mac Os?

Nov 11, 2009

is it ok and possible to reformat an sd card to mac os instead of fat 32 like with an external hdd

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OS X :: Formatting SD Card To DOS FAT 16?

Nov 12, 2008

I accidentally reformatted my Sandisk SD card for my camera. Is there anyway to format it back to DOS FAT 16? I tried doing it in my camera and it didn't work.

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OS X :: 32Gb SD Card Formatting Error / GUID

Jul 27, 2009

I currently am on an early 08 Macbook Pro 17". 2.4ghz with 4gb of RAM.

I've recently purchased a 32gb SDHC card. Trying to create a bootable emergency drive with os installed on it.

I plugged it into my Mac via usb adapter and it mounted fine. Was formatted as Fat-32. So went to disk utility and reformatted as 1 partition, GUID, Mac Os Extended (journaled), to make it a bootable disk for the os. When doing this it appeared to complete fine, but disappeared from my desktop. No longer showing up in finder. Still mounts in disk utility though. Tried different ports, rebooting, and reformatting,, with no resolve. Reformatted it back to Master Boot Record/ Ms Dos, and it mounts again fine in Finder. Can drag data to it with no issue.

Reformatted again as GUID and again it disappeared from Finder and desktop. This is where I'm confused...In Disk Util it completes the formatting and shows Map Scheme as GUID and journaled. The odd thing is that on the left where disks are mounted it shows the indented partition as disk3s2. Even though I've renamed it when formatting. It will maintain the name formatting back to Fat32, but not with GUID. Also if I try to repair disk it fails. " Disk Utility stopped repairing �disk3s2� because the following error was encountered:

Filesystem verify or repair failed."Does not fail doing repair as Fat32.

Figured I would just try to install Os anyways and booted to install disk. When booted to Os it did list the SD card as an optional drive, but had the exclamation point listed as not being in correct format. Instructs to reformat as GUID. Went to disk util and reformatted and it disapears from select a destination.

My questions are.. am I missing something technical about these cards and formating as GUID?
Why will this mount in Finder and also in the destination screen for install if its formatted as FAT32, but wont show up in either as GUID?
Why does it show disk3s2 similar to windows partitions, even though it was formatted as GUID and renamed?

Not sure if I'm having an actual hardware issue with card, or have to do something to modify this to be useable. Tried this on a newer iMac with same result.

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MacBook :: Mac Slow Even After Formatting?

Dec 28, 2010

First off I would like to say that I did try searching (I know it's hard to believe that coming from a member with no posts) but its difficult to search for my problem because I don't really know how to describe it in keywords and get results. This probably isn't the right section but once again I'm not really sure how to describe my problem.

Here is the story. I primarily use Windows 7 on my computer through Bootcamp. (I also have Linux Mint 10 on my computer, don't think either of these are part of the problem but I thought I should let you know) I have had both of these installed for a while, and switch between them with no problems until yesterday. I booted into Snow Leopard (10.6.5) to update my iPhone firmware. The first time I booted into it, it would only load my wallpaper. I rebooted and this time I got my dock and task bar, but was unable to do anything other than move the mouse. I got right down to business and started the formatting process. I put the Snow Leopard disk in, but that somehow kicked my computer into action. I was able to use it, but it was very slow. So I uninstalled my themes thinking this was the problem. the themes required me to log off so I did that but it froze from there. Then I rebooted and tried the Snow Leopard disk trick again. It didn't work, but my computer was responsive after a few minutes (I don't think the disk had anything to do with it becoming responsive either, just think my computer was being slow) After that I ran Onyx thinking it would fix all of my problems. It didn't.

From here I started the formatting process. The first time around I really messed up (it was 2am and I had only gotten three hours of sleep, give me a break) instead of doing a clean install I accidentally did an upgrade. I woke up to find my computer still being it's slow self. I then spent the entire day today, formatting, reinstalling multiple times. It was slow even when I didn't restore from a backup. No matter what I would do my Mac would be unbearably slow (it wouldn't even load the welcome video, just show a blue screen while playing the music)

Here is the part that baffles me. My Windows partition still works (haven't tried my Linux Partition but I assume it also works) I don't think that my multiple partitions are the problem because I have had them all working since about July (I even upgraded Linux 9 to 10 two months ago without a problem)

I don't think I'm technologically inept but this is beyond me. My next step will be to replace my hard drive, but I have low hopes for that doing much, unless bad sectors are my problem (dunno if that could even be a culprit)

Hopefully I can fix this problem without sending it into Apple. I do have Apple Care but I doubt that warranty actually does anything, they'll just blame it on me so I have to spend another $1,000 to fix it or buy a new computer. Lets just say it won't be another Mac.

I have the late 2008 aluminum MacBook (non pro) intel core 2 duo

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Formatting Macbook HDD In Another Computer

Jun 29, 2012

I had to format my Macbook HDD, and I couldn't use the install disk. So I pulled it out of my macbook, put it in my linux computer, formatted it to FAT, and put it back in. I tried various ettings, but nothing worked; when I tried to reinstall OSX from the install disk, I would get some form of a flashing older with a ? mark on it, a cross in a circle, or it just being white forever, this would change depedning on when I tried different formats and methods of booting(holding c and option).So what is a software for Linux I could use to format the HDD to MAC OS Extended Journal so I can install OSX back onto that thing? Or some other method that could allow me to achieve a reinstall?

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.6)

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MacBook Air :: It Won't Recognize Class 10 SD Card From Card Reader Or From Nikon D5100

Mar 2, 2012

I simply can't take any of my pictures off of my SD card. I've tried using the USB cable that came with the camera itself, as well as a USB card reader. iPhoto, and the laptop itself does not recognize the card, or that there is any device mounted at all. I've also tried checking "External Disks" in Finder Preferences, didn't seem to work.

Info:MacBook Air, Mac OS X (10.7.3), Black Nuts

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MacBook Air :: Maximum Storage Capacity Card Available For SD Card Slot?

Oct 31, 2010

If you have a 13" 2010 MacBook Air with the SD card slot, and you are looking for a card to expand the capacity of your MacBook Air, what is the max capacity card currently available that you can use in this slot. I hear that they have new cards with capacities of up to 2TB, but are these cards compatible with the SD card slot on the MacBook Air? (SDXC 2TB cards)

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MacBook Pro :: Unable To Read Micro SD Card Via SD Card Adaptor?

Jul 26, 2010

I have a 2010 13" MBP, and have just realised that I'm unable to read my Micro SD card when I pop it into a SD card adaptor and attempt to read via the inbuilt SD card slot. It works fine on my XP netbook though.

Has anyone encountered this problem? Is it normal? Is there any way around it?

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MacBook Pro :: Cannot Install OS After Formatting - Version Different

Apr 15, 2012

I have Formatted my Macbook Pro and went to use my OS disc from my Imac I brought but it won't let me install. Says it's a different version.

MacBook Pro

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MacBook Pro :: Recovering Data After Formatting

Jun 21, 2014

I lost a hard drive with important personal data on a trip overseas. There is no way of getting that hard drive back. However I have an MacBook Pro which once had that same data stored. "Once" because I've reformatted it and installed OSX. I know this is a very tall order to recover data, but is there any computer forensics tricks or any way to get get that data back?

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MacBook Pro :: Seagate Momentus XT Formatting Clone

Sep 21, 2010

Just ordered a Momentus XT 500 GB to install in my current model 17 inch MBP. I was wondering if anyone had any experience with this drive, and if there were any special tips along the way as far as installation/data migration goes?I generally format my drives as Mac OS Extended (Journaled), is this drive OK with that as well? Do I need to do anything special in partitioning for the 4GB SSD portion?

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OS X :: Formatting MacBook Air Software Reinstall Drive

Oct 24, 2010

I just received my new MacBook Air 11" and love it! Though I no longer want the USB Software Reinstall Drive to contain the 10.6 and iLife '11 and I am looking for a way to format the USB thumb drive into a usable flash drive. I tried using the disk utility, but it only sees the drive like a CD containing the information and not like a flash drive, eliminating the simple option to just use the disk utility to erase. Hoping that someone can help me use this neat looking USB drive for something more than a piece of plastic I never pull back out of my box.

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MacBook Pro :: WD10TPVT Advanced Formatting With 4k Sectors

Oct 27, 2010

I want to upgrade one of the two 500GB HDD I currently have in my MBP 5,3 with a 1TB one. Given that I had good experience with WD, I am looking at their offerings. While their standard WD10TEVT is hardly available around here and if it's much more expensive (for what ever reason), I am interested in the WD10TPVT. Now that HDD has the new Advanced Formatting with 4k sectors which seems to be only a problem for WinXP. But could any Mac user share its experience with that HDD? Is it gonna work the same with Time Machine, backups, file transfer between disks or can issues occur when files are exchanged/transferred between disks with different sector sizes? Only want to upgrade one of my HDDs for now, so is there any preferable setup (in terms of which HDD to have the OS and which the files)?

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MacBook :: Wipe Everything Without Formatting Hard Drive?

Jul 25, 2009

I'm selling my old white Macbook so I can purchase the new Unibody one. I wasn't sure how exactly to "wipe" my old hard drive on Mac. Do I have to install the OS all over again? Did my Macbook come with the disc so I could do this? If not, is there a way to wipe everything without formatting the hard drive?

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MacBook Pro :: Formatting HD To Erase Account And All Info

Oct 11, 2009

I bought the new 13" MBP and I'm selling my Late 2007 15" MBP to cover the cost. I will be formatting the hard drive so that my account and info on the computer are erased. My question is, how can I erase my account on the system so that whenever the new owner gets it, he/she gets the Leopard start up screen (The one like when you purchase a new Mac and you have to setup your account i.e. the "welcome" screen)?

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MacBook Pro :: Formatting Portable Hard Drive?

Mar 12, 2012

My MacBook Pro won't recognize my portable hard drive, so I can't format it.

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MacBook Pro :: Formatting Hard Drive Using FireWire?

Apr 9, 2012

I'm selling my Macbook Pro and the buyer said when formatting my harddrive, I don't need to reinstall the OS (10.6.8) because he is going to install 10.7 on it. This is good news for me because I don't have the OS installation disk anymore. I read somewhere that it could be possible to format my hard drive using another Mac (my roommate has a Macbook so that works) but I can't seem to find exact instructions.

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8)

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MacBook :: Formatting New Hard Drive For OS X Installation?

May 7, 2012

I asked about running Snow Leopard on my mac after a hard drive fail. I'm having issues with formatting a new hard drive in my mac. I have a 2007 black macbook and I'm trying to run a 160gb SATA seagate hard drive. After replacing this hard drive, I booted my mac up from cd, ran through setup fine until I got to the 'select a drive to install to' - the point where my hard drive should be visible. Nothing there at all. Nothing to click on in the box. My question is, is there a process I need to undertake to format the hard drive or is this an indicator of a much bigger problem?

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.4.11)

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MacBook :: Installing And Formatting A New Hard Drive?

Jun 9, 2012

My hard drive died last week on my MacBook and I failed to back up anything forever the last couple of months. Anyway, I took it to the genius bar and they confirmed its death, and showed me how to replace it. I decided to go ahead and do so on my own, and also upgraded the memory while I was in there.  I also decided to upgrade to lion since my DVD drive was giving me trouble and it'd be easier to use the USB - and yes the computer meets the requirements for Lion.The problem is that when I try to boot up to format the HD, I only get a black screen. No disk utility when holding option, nothing. What am I doing wrong?

MacBook (13-inch Mid 2007)

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MacBook Air :: Restoring From Back Up After Formatting Disc?

Jun 2, 2014

After reformating de disc do i have to insert the disc with the os that came with the mac originaly or i can start it directly from the back up made?

MacBook Air, OS X Mavericks (10.9.2)

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MacBook Pro :: Won't Fix / SDHC Disk Utility Formatting Error

Sep 30, 2010

I am trying to format a SDHC card on my MBP. I am trying to create a recovery SDHC disk for my MBP.
The disk is a Transcend 16gb (class 10).

I formatted to Mac OS Extended (Journaled) w/ a GUID Partition Table but after this, Disk Utility is now showing only 10.38 gb of usable space, but finder is showing me the full amount (15.79 gb). When I look in finder there are NO files or folders on the drive.

I tested trying to put more than 10.38 gb worth of files on the disk and was told there was not enough space. If I format the disk to anything other than Journaled, I get the full 15.79 gb. Has anyone ever experienced this before?

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MacBook Pro :: Formatting My Hard Drive And Installing Leopard?

Dec 26, 2007

I think I'm going to format my hard drive to delete everything from it and start fresh with leopard. I already have leopard installed, but I think I should just format my hard drive (after backing up what I truly need like my music and other files) and then just install leopard.

Question, I have read that I go to disk utility to do this (format and install leopard), is this correct? If so, what else do I need to know before I do this?

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MacBook Pro :: Formatting External Hard Drive / Using Fat Or Fat32?

Jan 24, 2010

I just bout this Western Digital External Hard drive, Passport SE. Anyways, I formatted it to MS-DOS (FAT) so I can use on mac and/or windows. One of the other main reasons I bought it was so I could use it to watch videos on my Xbox 360.

Now I've seen tutorials online with windows how to re-format it to FAT32 so it works properly on xbox 360 but cannot figure it out on mac? On some of the tutorials they use certain programs to do it, is there something like that for mac I can download? Is fat32 and fat the same? I know there has to be a way for me to be able to format it to FAT32 using mac.

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OS X V10.6 Snow Leopard :: How To Avoid Formatting On A Stolen Macbook

Mar 22, 2012

Is there a way to avoid a Snow Leopard reinstalling/formatting if someone steals my macbook? 

I mean, if the stolen macbook gets formatted I won't be able to use  hidden app that locates the mac, uses the iSight camera, takes screenshots and send them to my mail.

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.6.8)

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MacBook Pro :: Disadvantages Of Formatting An External Drive As FAT32?

Jun 5, 2012

what are the disadvantages of formatting an external drive as FAT32?

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MacBook :: How To Synchronize Again Devices After Formatting Hard Drive

Jun 14, 2012

How I synchronize again devices after formating harddrive?

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.6.8)

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MacBook Pro :: Formatting Palette On Excel Will Not Open All Of The Functions?

Jun 25, 2012

Whenever I try to manipulate a chart in Excel, my formatting palette will not open all of the way?  The formatting palette opens completely in Microsoft Word.

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.8)

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MacBook Pro :: Formatting External Hard Drive For Apple And Windows

May 16, 2012

Ive recently purchased a new external hard drive. I plan to use it on both Apple and Windows OS. 

I was told that if I do, then i could corrupt the files/data that I will be accessing on both computers. 

Is there a "universal" format for an external drive which would prevent/avoid this kind of thing happening ? How should i format it or which format should i use so that i can use the drive both OS ?

MacBook Pro (13-inch Late 2011), Mac OS X (10.7)

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MacBook Pro :: Security Function In PREFS Crashes / Reset Permissions Without Formatting?

Dec 8, 2006

If I were to run the disk utility that asks for the CDs that come with the MBP, what will that do? It is a software utility of sorts. Can I just re-install the basic system files for the OS, or perhaps even just download or copy over from another computer the "Preferences" file? This seems too simplistic, but I am an ex-Windows user. Don't want to format and re-install or anything of that nature if possible.

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MacBook :: Formatting External Hard Drives / Format Main Or Sub-drive?

Apr 8, 2010

got a real basic question to ask and you're gonna think im an idiot for asking...I just bought a 320gb western digital elements hard drive and want to reformat it so that its compatible for both mac and pc's. i intend to format it as NTFS-3G as it would allow me to use it on the 2 platforms without having the 4GB file size restriction that fat32 has, anyway.....

when I go to reformat my external hard drive in disk utility, I see my external hard drive to the left, and there's a "sub" hard drive as a child of the external hd listed uppermost. just wandering which one of the two do i select before going to Erase>Windows NT filesystem (NTFS-3G)>erase? Do I select the uppermost drive and erase that or the lower one? or both

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