After the official release of El Capitan, Apple has provided with the Disk Utility facelift. You could also use the OS X software for formatting a startup drive. In this post, we’ll discuss about tips to format a startup drive in the OS X El Captain.
Connect your drive
In order to format an external storage device, initially you should connect it with either of the ports on your Mac. Simply turn on the drive, and ensure it is available in the Finder.
In case, you’ve already installed El Capitan and looking forward to format the internal drive of the Mac, then you need to boot into the Recovery Mode to format the drive.
Open Disk Utility
You also need to use the Disk Utility application is the operating system for formatting the drive. After that, you need to locate Disk Utility within Applications followed by Utilities and open it.
Select the storage device in Disk Utility
The left pane of the disk utility highlights the storage devices, which have been connected with your Mac. Beneath each device, the partition of the drive is located. You need to simply select the device, which you’re looking forward to format. After that hit Erase button from the top.
Name and Format
A dialog box appears, using which you could enter a name for your storage device. After that Click the pop-up menu for Format, and you could choose either of the formats. The default selection is OS X Extended; in case you require an additional security layer, you could check out OS X Extended.
Another section, which you could create, is known as Scheme. You could simply ignore, either of the options which include Master Boot Record for Windows, and Apple Partition Map for PowerPC-based Macs.
Once you choose Erase, the Disk Utility could easily erase the data, and reformat storage device. After that, hit Erase for proceeding further. After following these tips, you could easily format the OS X El Captain.