differently formatted partitions?

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by ifjake, Jan 27, 2005.

  1. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 19, 2004
    i have a USB key drive that i would like to try something with, though i don't know if it is possible. i would like to make two partitions but format one as HFS+ (whatever the Mac version is) and the other format as FAT32 (or whatever windows uses). would that be possible, and how could it be done?
  2. macrumors 68040


    Jun 15, 2004
    Unfortunately Disk Util won't let you format it with two partitions IF one of them is FAT32. (Two Hfs/hfs+ is ok or hfs+/unix.. etc..)

    But MacOSX reads and write on FAT32, so why don't you have one FAT32 partition?
  3. macrumors 6502

    Feb 1, 2003
    While we are on the disk utitily topic I to have a question with partitioning. How would I go about partitioning my ipod so that it will read on a pc also. Do i just click it in disk utitliy and make 2 partitions then click one of them to just be free space and hit partition?
  4. macrumors 68020


    Jul 6, 2003
    Los Angeles
    Why have 2 partitions? You can format the whole thing as FAT 32 and read/write in Mac, Windows, and Linux.

    FAT 32 is like O- blood--universal donor, universal format.
  5. macrumors 6502

    Feb 1, 2003
    Exacltly how would you go about doing this. Is there any pro's and cons to formating it like this?
  6. macrumors 68040


    Apr 3, 2003
    i think you can use iPod updater on a PC to format it for PC use. once it's formatted for PC, it will be compatible with Mac as well. i wouldn't format using disk util simply because you may wipe any music playing related files in the process.

    only con to formatting for PC use is that there are some characters you won't be able to use in the filename when used in the disk mode. otherwise, i don't think there are any differences.

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