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You’re looking at a new Samsung T7 for your Mac.

And you’re not sure that you can use it on your Mac.

The Samsung SSD T7 is formatted out of the box as ExFAT. And that means you can plug it in and use it right away on your Mac.

But some Samsung T7’s are brand new out of the box formatted in a different format.

Maybe that’s not your issue.

You simply don’t want an ExFAT formatted drive.

Be confident. Roll up your Sleeves.

And in 5 minutes you’ll have your Samsung T7 drive in the format you want for your Mac.

You only have to read on.

Formatting Your Samsung T5 for Your Mac

Have a MacBook Pro?

Or MacBook Air or iMac?

Got a Samsung T7 Touch or no Touch? It doesn’t matter.

Read on and you’ll be led step by step through how to format your SSD T7.

Find out the different formats you can have on your Samsung T7 and which is best for you and what you want your T7 for.

How to Format Your Samsung T7 for Mac

1. Log in and Plug In.

You’ll need to sign into your Mac and plug in your Samsung SSD T7.

And you’ll want your Mac plugged into a power outlet.

Now if you’re on a Mac with limited USB C ports you should be fine. The Samsung T7 comes with a USB C cable plug. And it’s a USB-C drive.

But if you’ve other things plugged into your Mac at the same time you may want to get yourself a USB C hub.

A hub that’ll power your Mac and allow you to plug in lots of your gadgets at the same time.

The Satechi V2 Multiport USB hub is a good choice.

Satechi On Desk

And you can take a look at the Satechi V2 Review here.

When you plug in your Samsung T7 SSD your Mac will see it and in a tiny while you’ll see the Samsung T7’s icon on the desktop.

Drive Icon Samsung T7

If you’ve waited and you still can’t see your Samsung T7’s icon then you’ll need to go into Finder Preferences.

Finder Preferences
Finder Preferences

And make sure the box “External Disk” is checked on the General tab.

Finder Preferences Show External Disks
Finder Preferences Show External Disks

2. Next Start Up The Disk Utility Software.

You format your Samsung SSD T7 with Disk Utility on your Mac.

Not sure how to find Disk Utility?

It’s in your Applications folder.

You find the Applications folder either by clicking on the folder in a finder window.

Or from the dock at the bottom of your desktop window.

Inside the Applications folder look for another folder called Utilities.

Click to open that folder. You’ll Find Disk Utility in there.

Double Click to start up the program.

Disk Utility In Utilities Folder
Disk Utility In Utilities Folder Inside Applications Folder

3. Pick Your Samsung T7 in Disk Utility.

The first thing Disk Utility shows you are all the drives on your MacBook Pro, Air or iMac.

Both the internal ones and your external Samsung T7 SSD drive.

Look at the left hand of your Disk Utility window and you’ll see two lists. Internal and External.

You’ll see your Samsung T7 under the External Drives list.

You should see two entries for it. A 1st level and a 2nd level.

If you can only see the one level like in the picture below you’ll need to change a setting in Disk Utility.

Samsung T7 One Level Showing
Samsung T7 One Level Showing

Look at the Top of your Desktop. Click on the Disk Utility View option. And from the dropdown menu pick ‘Show All Devices’.

Samsung T7 Show All Devices
Samsung T7 Show All Devices

This is important as you won’t be able to format your Samsung T7 without this option picked.

Now you’ll see the 2nd level. And you need to click on your Samsung T7 at the 1st level.

Pick Samsung T7 At 1st Level
Pick Samsung T7 At 1st Level

The red arrow in the screenshot above shows you where.

4. Then Click Erase At The Top Of Your Disk Utility Pop Up Window.

Samsung T7 Pick Erase
Samsung T7 Pick Erase

Don’t worry.

Erase sounds very dramatic. But nothing happens yet.

The next screen is where you choose how you want your Samsung T7 formatted.

5. Choosing How You Format Your Samsung T7.

Give your Samsung T7 SSD a name.

Type in what you want to call your T7 on the form where it says Name.

Name Your Samsung T7
Name Your Samsung T7

Next you tell your Mac what format you want for your Samsung T7.

The first time you format your Samsung T7 on your Mac always choose Mac OS Extended (Journaled). Even if you really want your Samsung in another format.

Format as Mac OS Extended (Journaled) first.

Click on the little up/down arrows at the end of the format option. And a window will pop-up. The second arrow in the picture above shows you where.

Samsung T7 Pick Mac OS Extended (Journaled)
Samsung T7 Pick Mac OS Extended (Journaled)

Choose Mac OS Extended (Journaled) from the list of options.

The next field in this window to fill in is Scheme.

Samsung T7 PIck Format Scheme
Samsung T7 PIck Format Scheme

The third arrow in the picture above show you where on the up/down arrows.

Samsung T7 GUID Partition Map Scheme
Samsung T7 GUID Partition Map For Scheme

Choose GUID Partition Map from the options.

6. Then Click On The Erase Button.

Samsung T7 Click Erase Button
Samsung T7 Click Erase Button

Just before clicking.

Be sure you’ve nothing on your Samsung you want. If you do. Press cancel and copy those files off first.

Ready?

Then Click the Erase button.

Your Mac will run through formatting your SSD T7. And in a short while it’ll be all done.

Samsung T7 Erase Done
Samsung T7 Erase Done

7. Then Quit Disk Utility.

When you’ve finished then you can quit Disk Utility.

Disk Utility Quit Disk Utility
Disk Utility Quit Disk Utility

Your Samsung T7 drive icon will be on your Mac’s desktop.

And once it’s there you can go ahead and use your drive.

What If You Want To Format Samsung T7 For Mac APFS?

APFS – Apple file system is a file system Apple created specially for solid state drives.

Your Samsung T7 is a solid state drive (SSD).

And when you want to get the fastest possible performance out of your drive. Then it makes sense to format it as APFS.

It’s easy to do. Follow steps 1 to 7 above. You’ll need to do that first.

Because unless the drive is first formatted as Mac OS Extended (Journaled). You won’t see the option to format it as APFS.

Is your Samsung SSD T7 formatted as Mac OS Extended (Journaled)?

Great.

Then follow the steps 1 through to 5 a second time. And now at step 5 you’ll see the option for APFS (Apple File System) appear in the format field.

Samsung T7 Choose APFS
Samsung T7 Choose APFS

The Different Format Forms Of APFS For Your Samsung T7 On Mac

You can now pick from the straight forward APFS.

Or if you’d like the files on your drive encrypted. You can pick APFS(Encrypted). You’ll be prompted to enter in a password.

Whatever you do don’t forget that password or you’ll lose access to all your files.

There are two other APFS options.

APFS (case-sensitive). This is where your Mac OS treats a file called photo and Photos as two separate files.  Normally Mac OS ignores case.

And you can have APFS (Case-sensitive, Encrypted). So not only will Mac OS take notice of the case you use when creating and opening your files.

All the files on your Samsung SSD T7 will be encrypted as well. And you’ll need a password to get to your files on your T7.

Finishing Off Formatting Your Samsung T7 For APFS On Your Mac

You still need to pick GUID partition Map as the scheme.

Then click the Erase button.

And simply take the short time to reformat your drive.

And then you have your Samsung T7 in APFS.

How to Format Your Samsung T7 for Time Machine on Mac

Time Machine

Time Machine uses Mac OS Extended (Journaled) format to backup to. This format is also known as Hierarchical File System (HFS+).

The default format of ExFAT on your Samsung T7 can’t be used for a Time Machine backup. And you’ll need to change your SSD T7’s format.

And when you format your Samsung T7 as HFS+. And do a backup with Time Machine you’ll be thrilled with your superfast backup.

Follow the steps above 1 through to 7. Choose Mac OS Extended (Journaled) at step 5 and you’ll be good to go for your Time Machine backup.

Then simply set up your Samsung T7 with Time Machine.

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