Follow-Up to My Recent Hard Drive Issue

macOS and Mac Apps

Hi everyone. It has recently come to my attention that the issue with my external drive wasn't quite a hard-drive failure afaik, but the drive does need to be re-formatted. Actually now that I think about it, the thing might not have been formatted correctly when I got it in June of 2016. I didn't think to check back then or have anyone else do so, because I thought the thing would automatically detect which kind of computer I had. But that apparently wasn't the case. So my tutor is just going to try and do it himself tomorrow. He is sighted and honestly a bit impatient with some things, so I didn't even bother checking whether this process works with VoiceOver, lol. I already know how to do it because I checked earlier today with the A-Lady. But having said all that here is my question. Which music format should I choose when re-importing all my CDs? Or is there a way to just retain all my music during the process of re-formatting? Tia for anyone's assistance with this.



Submitted by Daniel Angus MacDonald on Thursday, May 5, 2022

Formatting deletes anything on your hard drive. XFAT is probably the best if you want compatibility with Windows. APFS otherwise.