Note: This also will work with Apple’s iMovie program.
1 – A Macintosh computer running OS 10.3 or better (it is possible for Windows users with Macdrive)
1 – Apple’s Final Cut Pro X, or iMovie (app is not required to format, but needed to test if Final Cut/iMovie recognizes the drive).
1 – A external hard drive, preferably a portable drive with USB power (we recommend Western Digital)
- Connect your external drive to your computer
- If you get a message asking you to use your drive as a “Time Machine” backup, select “Don’t Use”.
- Start the Disk Utility program, found by searching your drive, or going to Applications > Utilities.
- Highlight the drive you would like to format (in our example, “My Passport”).
- Click the Erase tab.
- From the Format drop down menu choose Mac OS Extended (Journaled). Change the Name of the drive if you wish.
- Click on the Erase button, and then choose Erase again when you are asked “Are you sure…”
- When the Erase is finished, the drive will act as if you re-inserted the drive. It may ask again if you would like to use it with Time Machine. Again select “Don’t Use”.
- Now your drive is ready to use with Final Cut Pro X.