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Super Spartan

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the built in Disk Utility has no support for NTFS.

Is there a disk utility out there that can convert an exFAT formatted external drive to NTFS without losing data?
 

StellarVixen

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Thanks a lot for this! I bought it, it's cheap anyway
So, you tried it, and it does the job you want it to do?
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NTFS is actually proprietary, Microsoft does not want it used outside their own platform(s). But the code leaked some time ago, if I remember correctly, and that's how people got opportunity to implement NTFS outside Microsoft platform(s).
 
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posguy99

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Sure it is. Copy data to somewhere else, re-partition drive, restore data. You do have a backup, don't you?
 

Janichsan

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Sure it is. Copy data to somewhere else, re-partition drive, restore data. You do have a backup, don't you?
I think Ultra Male meant converting without shuffling the data around. You can do that with FAT32 drives, but not with exFAT (unless I'm really missing something).
 

Super Spartan

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Sure it is. Copy data to somewhere else, re-partition drive, restore data. You do have a backup, don't you?
You are one smart d00d aren't you?
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theluggage

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You are one smart d00d aren't you?
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A quick google for "convert exFAT to NTFS" revealed this: https://www.disk-partition.com/windows-10/convert-exfat-to-ntfs-windows-10-7201.html (look at option 4, the others are just reformat/restore) - I can't vouch for it personally, but there are probably more if you google further.

Yes, that's a Windows app, but it is reasonable to assume that, if you need an NTFS-formatted drive, you use Windows in some form.

@posguy99 may have come over as unnecessarily snarky, but they're quite right.

No responsible person will advise you to try anything like exFAT-to-NTFS conversion (even if it was possible) without backing up first, in which case, for a one-off job, you might as well just re-format the drive and restore from the backup. You'll need Paragon NTFS or similar, but without that MacOS only supports read-only access to NTFS drives.
 
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posguy99

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No responsible person will advise you to try anything like exFAT-to-NTFS conversion (even if it was possible) without backing up first, in which case, for a one-off job, you might as well just re-format the drive and restore from the backup.
Remember, for the usual Entitled, it'd be Apple's fault, or the drive manufacturer's fault, or the phase of the moon's fault, when they lost the data. Certainly not theirs. That's why they're always so offended when you suggest the idea of backups.
 
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