Newer Technology® Support: Guides: Formatting your Drive with NewerTech NuDrive

NewerTech NuDrive Guide

Introduction
The NewerTech NuDrive is a formatting application built for Apple Mac and PC users who require a simple walk-through of the hard drive or SSD formatting process.

NuDrive uses standard OS X and Windows formatting options to create the volumes needed to store information on your new drive. The benefit is a standard format, created with steps that are easier for many users to understand.
STEP 1
power
Connect your new drive to a power source if needed (consult your user guide if you are unsure), then connect the drive to your computer using the included data cable.
STEP 2
After a few seconds an icon that says "Newer Setup" will appear — by default the icon should appear on the OS X Desktop, or within "My Computer" for Windows. Double-click the icon to access the NuDrive application. A window will open displaying a new set of icons (shown at right).

NOTES:
  • All of the bundled software is stored in the "NewerTech Software" folder.
  • The screenshots in this guide depict the OS X operating system, but the steps are the same on a Mac or PC.
STEP 3
NuDrive
Double-click the NuDrive icon to open the first setup screen. You will have to enter the password for your OS X user account before the screen appears.
STEP 4
Verify under “Your New Drive” that your disk is available to NuDrive, then click the Continue button (shown at right).
STEP 5
Review the End User License Agreement (not pictured) and if you agree with the terms, click Accept to continue the process.
STEP 6
Easy Setup
If you intend to format your drive as a single volume, leave the "Easy Setup..." option intact and then click Continue.

If you intend to format your drive with multiple partitions or custom settings, please skip ahead to Custom Setup.
STEP 7
included software installers and manuals
Decide whether you want to keep the included software installers and manuals, and if so, choose a location for them.

Click Continue when you are ready.
STEP 8
partition map and format type
The NuDrive application will automatically choose the proper partition map scheme and format type for your system.

Decide whether you want to enable volume ownership and a custom drive icon, then click Setup.
STEP 9
progress meter
While the drive is formatting you will see a progress meter screen. You do not need to do anything during this period of time.
STEP 10
Setup Complete
Once you see the "Setup Complete" screen, click the Quit button to exit the NuDrive application and begin using your newly formatted drive.
Custom Setup: STEP 6c
custom partition or formatting options
If you need to use custom partition or formatting options, click the "Custom Setup" button.

For this example we'll choose the option to create "2 Mac OS partitions". On the Windows side this would list as "2 NTFS partitions".
Custom Setup: STEP 7c
choose number of partitions
Click the pop-up menu to the right of the "Custom Setup" button and choose the number of partitions (volumes) you want to create. Example: you could create one to store photos, and another to store movies.
Custom Setup: STEP 8c
To change the size of one volume relative to the other, drag the vertical divider(s) in the blue box to the left or right. As one volume is made larger, the other decreases in size by the same amount.
Custom Setup: STEP 9c
To give each volume its own name, highlight each section of the blue box, then type into the "Name" field.
Custom Setup: STEP 10c
custom settings
If you have a specific reason for it, you may want to change the partition map scheme of the volumes being created. For Mac volumes you can also enable or disable journaling, as well as cases-senstivie partitions. To do this click the Advanced button.

Note: for the large majority of use cases, these types of changes are not required.

Note: The Windows version provides only two options — whether to choose GUID Partition Table or the Master Boot Record (MBR) for your partitions.

Click OK when you're finished and you will be returned to the prior screen.
Custom Setup: STEP 11c
custom settings
When your custom settings are made, click the Continue button.
Custom Setup: STEP 12c
keep the included software
Decide whether you want to keep the included software installers and manuals, and if so, choose a location for them.

Click Continue when you are ready.
Custom Setup: STEP 13c
volume ownership
Decide whether you want to enable volume ownership and a factory custom drive icon, then click Setup.
Custom Setup: STEP 14c
progress meter screen
While the volumes are being created you will see a progress meter screen. You do not need to do anything during this period of time.
Custom Setup: STEP 15c
Setup Complete
Once you see the "Setup Complete" screen, simply click the Quit button to exit the NuDrive application and begin using your newly formatted volumes!