External Hard Drives give us more space to store our data. You can use your external hard drive only when it is connected to your computer. If you are looking for How To Install Your Buffalo External Hard Drive On Your Mac, read this page completely.
STEPS TO INSTALL BUFFALO EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE ON MAC
Connect your Buffalo hard drive to your Mac using a USB cable.
Now, you can locate your hard drive’s icon on your Mac’s desktop screen.
If you cannot locate the hard drive icon, click Finder and choose Preferences.
When directed to the Finder Preferences section, click General and check the box next to the “Show these items on the desktop” option; you can find it under the External disks section. Now, you can locate your Buffalo hard drive icon on your Mac’s desktop screen.
Every Operating System is compatible with only specific file systems. When you take a Windows computer, it can work with the NTFS file system. Similarly, you should format your hard drive with the Mac OS Extended (HFS+) file system for your Mac computer. For users who work on Windows and Mac computers, they can format their hard drives with an exFAT file system so that they can use it on both Operating Systems. Follow these instructions to know the procedure for formatting your Buffalo hard drive.
On your Mac, navigate to Disk Utility.
On the Disk Utility screen, under the External section, click your Buffalo hard drive.
Now, locate the Erase button and click on it.
In the Name field, give a name for your Buffalo hard drive. Select the Scheme as GUID Partition Map.
In the Format field, select the file system according to your preference; if you are going to use your hard drive on your Mac, choose Mac OS Extended. In case you want to use it on your Windows and Mac computers, select NTFS in the Format field.
Finally, click on the Erase button.
Within a few seconds, the formatting process will be completed.
STEPS TO PARTITION EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE FOR TIME MACHINE
exFAT works on Windows and Mac computers. But, it is not compatible with Time Machine. So, if you want to use your hard drive for Time Machine, it should be formatted with the Mac OS Extended file system. In this scenario, you can give a specific space for the Time Machine backups and allocate the remaining storage space for using it on your Windows and Mac computers. Here are the instructions to give a partition for your Time Machine.
To give a partition for the Time Machine backup, go to the Disk Utility section. Click on your hard drive under the External option.
Click on Partition at the top menu and enter the amount of storage you prefer to allocate for Time Machine.
Finally, click Apply.
Now, you can format the untitled partition as exFAT. This step ensures that you can use your hard drive for your Windows and Mac computers.
From now on, the partitioned space can be used for Time Machine.