External Drive - NTFS to FAT32

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

  1. fenixx macrumors regular

    fenixx

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    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.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

    Eidorian

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    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

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    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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