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What to Do:

Get the Latest Version of the Formatting Utility

You should almost always use the latest version of your formatting utility, even if you are not experiencing any of the problems described in "Why to Do It." At the very least, the new version probably contains fixes to bugs found in the previous versions. For Apple drives, you will most likely use Drive Setup. I will use it for most of the examples included here.

Drive Setup can be used in all Apple Macs (unless you have a very old Mac that requires Apple's old disk formatting utility, called Apple HD SC Setup). In the past, Drive Setup could only be used with drives that shipped directly from Apple. If you tried it on another type of drive, the utility would claim to be unable to work with it. However, recent versions of Drive Setup now work with almost all the popular brands of drive. Still, beware: if you switch from Drive Setup to another utility, there remains a chance that Drive Setup will no longer work with the drive if you try to return to using it later.


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