*HELP* Partitioning and formatting an external hard drive

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  1. prady16 macrumors 6502

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    Hi all,
    I am sure a lot of you must have come across this problem.
    I am a recent switcher and i have an intel mbp.

    I have an external hard drive which is of NTFS format and has all my movies, music and data which i do not want to erase/lose.
    I know that we cannot write to NTFS format with OS X, so now i want to create another partition on the external hard drive either HFS or FAT32 so that i can backup my files from OS X to the external WITHOUT ERASING THE CURRENT DATA on that drive.

    Is this possible? What tools/apps do you suggest to do so? Is there any Windows app that i can use to do so?

    Thanks!
     
  2. prady16 thread starter macrumors 6502

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  3. blodwyn macrumors 65816

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    iPartition looks like it will do what you want, or else copy your files to another disk (your MBP internal?) and then reformat and partition your external with Disk Utility
     
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  5. pjarvi macrumors 65816

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    Copy the data to another drive, then re-format the external drive and copy the data back. Don't risk losing everything trying to repartition a drive that has been partitioned for NTFS..
     

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