Seagate Backup Plus comes preformatted with the exFAT file system so that you can use it on your Mac and Windows computers without any further formatting. But, exFAT doesn't work with Time Machine (Mac). Therefore, to use Time Machine for your backup, you need to format your Seagate Backup Plus with the HFS+ file system.
This guide gives you a detailed insight into the file system formats and how to format Seagate Backup Plus for Mac computer.
HFS+: If you are going to use your hard drive exclusively on Mac computers, you can format it with the HFS+ file system. And, it is the best format if you intend to use your hard drive with Time Machine.
exFAT: This format is compatible with Mac and Windows computers. But, it is not compatible with Time Machine.
FAT32: It is compatible with Mac and Windows Operating Systems. But, it is not ideal for modern hard drives and Operating Systems.
Let us see how to format your Seagate Backup Plus hard drive for Mac.
When you format your storage device, your data will be completely deleted. So, it is always advisable to back up your data before performing the following steps.
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