changing format of windows partition

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  1. skd macrumors 6502

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    I have an external HD that is partitioned for mac and windows. When I click info on the window partition it says it's format is MAC OS extended. And when I'm in bootcamp it won't read the external HD. I assume I need to change the format to FAT32 which is the format of the window partition. How do I do that?
    thanks
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    [embedguide]Formatting_an_External_Device[/embedguide]
     
  3. skd thread starter macrumors 6502

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    if I install Macdrive in bootcamp will I be able to backup more than 4GB?
     
  4. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Yes but a clarification. FAT32 only supports single files up to 4 GB. You can format a volume up to 8 TiB to FAT32.
     
  5. skd thread starter macrumors 6502

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    my entire bootcamp (windows) is only 9GB, so it should be alright?
     
  6. Neil321 macrumors 68040

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    probably just

    Also eidorian couldnt your post just be done with the command line in windows? just a thought
     
  7. skd thread starter macrumors 6502

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    it sounds as if I have to click on the far left icon which is the External HD itself and I would have to erase both the mac and window partition - is this correct
     

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  8. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Yes it'll be fine.

    That is correct. On the far left is the entire drive itself. Under it can be many partitions using different file systems. The entire drive (far left) can be formatted or just one partition. (more to the right and under it)

    Any volume over 32 GB will be formatted to NTFS in Windows.
     
  9. skd thread starter macrumors 6502

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    well I tried to do it and I wasn't given the choice to reformat to FAT32 -
    see below
     

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