Reformat MB back for Mac/PS3 use?!


#1

I finally received my WD My Book Essential 640GB in the post today so that I could back up my MacBook and be able to watch the media files on my PS3.

When I plugged it into my Mac, it automatically went into Time Machine mode and I accidentally accepted the erase option of all the original files on the hard drive even though I didn’t want to use the storage for Time Machine back-up. Doh!

So now, when I drag and drop onto the HD and plug it into my PS3, it doesn’t show. A few Google searches has lead me to believe that the HD needs to be formatted for FAT32 however when I followed the appropriate instructions to do so, it would seem I need a PC and I only have my MacBook.

Any advice? I have a MacBook, a My Book, a PS3 Slim, a whole bunch of cables and that’s about it. 


#2

Wait… did it. YAY! Hurray for Disk Utility. 


#3

I guess you found out that you can format it to FAT 32 using MS Dos in Mac.  Good going.


#4

ummm, no.

He found out he could use Disk Utility to format the drive to FAT32.


#5

Yeah, formatting in MS Dos File System (FAT 32) is a feature of Disk Utility under Format or Options (as Master Boot Record).  Sorry, I assumed that would be understood.