How do i Format an external HDD for my Macbook?

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  1. Star Destroyer macrumors 6502

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    Hey
    I just got a macbook, and i really want an external HDD so i can transfer files from my PC to my Macbook, mostly movies and music.. Stuff i dont want cluttering up my beautiful new machine. BUT....

    I already have an 80gig HDD in my PC, (i have 2, the one i am leaving in the PC is a 160gig) and i have already erased it, and reformated it. I Bought an External HDD enclosure to keep it in, BUT i heard Mac OS X only reads FAT 32 HDD. My Hard drive i wanna put in it has 3 partitions already all in NTFS. Windows wont give me the option to switch to FAT 32.

    How can i make it FAT 32?
    Will my macbook reformat it for me?
     
  2. reh macrumors 6502a

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    Mac OS X can read NTFS as well. It just can't write to it.
     
  3. Star Destroyer thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Hrrrmmm thats not to good... that means i could never put a file from my macbook onto my comp..

    If i leave them in NTFS can the macbook re-format them to FAT 32?
     
  4. funkychunkz macrumors 6502a

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    Never say never, just say "not easily done". And this may not even be the case, see below.

    I'm, wondering, if a Mac is network to a windows drive with a NTFS formatted drive, can you transfer files? I mean it's really the PC doing the writing to the disk, the mac is only sending it raw data right?
     
  5. reh macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, but I thought I heard that Windows might not like it. I'm not sure, but you could certainly try it.
     
  6. reh macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, the drive format is irrelevant in that case.
     
  7. Star Destroyer thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Well it is relevent if i dont wanna set up a network. Because if i did that, then i wouldnt even need the external, i could just go right from my PC

    The point is, i want an 80Gig hard drive to be in FAT32..
    Why cant my Mac reformat the drive?
     
  8. funkychunkz macrumors 6502a

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    I think a network would be the easiest way then, to transfer files either way, and you don't have to worry about failure or limitation. It's almost as fast, and networks (yes even from Win->Mac) are that hard to make anymore. There's a guide on MR on how to do it.
     
  9. Star Destroyer thread starter macrumors 6502

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    yes that would be nice, but i cant bring music and movies with me to friends house that way hahaha
     
  10. reh macrumors 6502a

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    It can. And I already said it can.
     
  11. Star Destroyer thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Ok, so i can plug in the external HDD set to slave, and formated to NTFS, and my macbook will be able to reformat it to FAT 32?
     
  12. reh macrumors 6502a

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    I doubt your enclosure would want the drive set as slave, but yes, that should work.
     
  13. Fleetwood Mac macrumors 65816

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    Yes, in disk utility. Any files on the drive will be lost.
     
  14. Star Destroyer thread starter macrumors 6502

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  15. reh macrumors 6502a

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    Most likely, but go with whatever your external drive enclosure says to use.
     
  16. funkychunkz macrumors 6502a

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    This may sound kinda retro, but there are such things as optical media :p
     

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