ntfs to ext3 without data loss

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by e-r-a-n, Nov 3, 2012.

  1. macrumors member

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    is it possible to do such conversion?
    if so, how?
     
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    GGJstudios

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    You need to move data off the drive, reformat it as you choose, then move data back.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors member

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    thats the only choice?
    There's no possibility like when going fat -> ntfs,
    to leave data on disk?
    i have two 1TB disks but both are loaded with too much data
     
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    GGJstudios

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    No, you can't reformat the drive without destroying data stored on it. Why do you need a different format?
     
  5. thread starter macrumors member

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    i have both in ntfs format as i used only a pc, but now only using mac
    also i have those disks plugged to a router, using them as NFS and it would be better to be ext3 at the moment
     
  6. macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

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    You can read NTFS drives from Mac OS X. If you want to read/write to NTFS from Mac OS X, you can use Paragon, as an alternative to changing the format.

    NTFS (Windows NT File System)
    • Read/Write NTFS from native Windows.
    • Read only NTFS from native Mac OS X
      [*]To Read/Write/Format NTFS from Mac OS X, here are some alternatives:
      • For Mac OS X 10.4 or later (32 or 64-bit), install Paragon ($19.95) (Best Choice for Lion and Mountain Lion)
      • For Mac OS X 10.5 and later, including Lion, FUSE for OS X
      • For 32-bit Mac OS X, install NTFS-3G for Mac OS X (free) (does not work in 64-bit mode)
      • For 64-bit Snow Leopard, read this: MacFUSE for 64-bit Snow Leopard
      • Some have reported problems using Tuxera (approx $36), which is an enhanced version of NTFS-3G with faster performance.
      • Native NTFS support can be enabled in Snow Leopard and later versions, but is not advisable, due to instability.
    • AirPort Extreme (802.11n) and Time Capsule do not support NTFS
    • Maximum file size: 16 TB
    • Maximum volume size: 256TB
    • You can use this format if you routinely share a drive with multiple Windows systems.
     
  7. thread starter macrumors member

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    im aware of tuxura, which im currently using.
    but i belive that ext3 will perform better, wouldnt it?
     

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