Can I Partition an External HD for multiple formats

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Saladsamurai, Dec 9, 2009.

  1. Saladsamurai macrumors regular

    Dec 8, 2009
    Hello there :) Perhaps this is a stupid question, I am not a computer whiz by any means.

    I just got a Western Digital Passport external HD. I am going to be running both Windows and OS X on my MBP. I am only using the WD Hard Drive for backup purposes. I was hoping that I could partition it into 2 drives: one for my windows machines and one for my MBP.

    So I would need one drive as NTFS (I would be transferring files >4GB so I think FAT32 is out) and one drive Mac journal.

    Any thoughts on this?

  2. zachsilvey macrumors 6502

    Feb 5, 2008
    Battle Ground
    It's really easy, just open Disk Utility and go to the "Partition" tab and partition it into two one HFS+ and one FAT32. Then in Windows reformat the FAT32 partition to NTFS (as OS X doesn't have native support for it).

    A second option is a third party NTFS plug-in for OS X that would allow you to both read and write to a NTFS partition. Like NTFS-3G
  3. Saladsamurai thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 8, 2009
    Ok great! I will give this a shot after work. Thanks for your time :)

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