External Drive - NTFS to FAT32

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by fenixx, Mar 23, 2006.

  1. fenixx macrumors regular


    Mar 23, 2006
    Excuse my noobness, I am newly Mac-turned (now Mac-obsessed) from a PC and am still working out the issues of transitioning.

    Anyhow - this is my question..
    I understand that Mac has restricted permissions on a NTFS external hard drive, and I need to create a partition to FAT32... I was curious as to if there is a way to partition the drive without losing the current files that are on the hard drive.

    Also, any recommended way to correctly partition the drive?

    For the record, its a Maxtor II OneTouch 160GB 7200rpm drive.
    I'm using the MBP 2.0 100GB HD 1Gb Ram.

  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    I'd say backup all the stuff and then just reformat and partition the drive to FAT32. I've played with Partition Magic on Windows. I don't know of any programs like that for OS X though.
  3. grapes911 Moderator emeritus


    Jul 28, 2003
    Citizens Bank Park
    There is a Linux command line utility called parted (Partition Editor). It can resize HFS partitions. You'll have too get a bootable Linux CD though. I know the Gentoo install disk has it, and I'm sure others do it.

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