I'm using macOS Monterey 12.0.1 (21A559).

Opened the Disk Utility app to format an external hard drive and I see these options:

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There is no option macOS Journaled

What am I missing?

1 Answer 1


Since Big Sur, Time Machine volumes must be formatted APFS.
HFS+ is no longer supported. Remove that disk as a Time Machine destination if you need more options while erasing it using Disk Utility.

  • Apple says otherwise, though I suspect you are correct: support.apple.com/en-gb/guide/mac-help/mh15139/mac I wouldn't know because I get errors when I try to format my drive as MacOS Journalled. Time Machine has been broken for me since 12.0, just upgraded to 12.5 and it's still broken. Commented Jul 21, 2022 at 17:51
  • Yeah, you can force it if it's already a 'registered' TM drive, but it really doesn't want you to if you're formatting afresh. I guess my wording could be less forceful - but I've seen issues with the 'wrong' format when needed for recovery.
    – Tetsujin
    Commented Jul 21, 2022 at 18:22

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