convert FAT32 to NTFS, Vista partition

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  1. mispeed84 macrumors newbie

    Mar 3, 2008
    Hi everyone,

    I am new here so wanted to say HI( that is twice now :) ) and ask a question :cool:

    So i have Vista on a 15GB partition via BootCamp, and i wanted to backUp a few of my DVD's since my little brother is using them as they were his! :mad:
    So i have anyDVD and cloneDVD on the windows partition and purchased a Seagate external hardDrive yesterday to store the dvd's on and transfer them into Mac OS X!
    I didn't know about Windows can't read/write NFS+ , so i plugged the external when in OS X and it formatted it to NFS+. Then i changed it to FAT32 via DiskUtility and rebooted in Vista.
    --NOW the goal is to format it to NFTS since i read all these great things about macFuse so i wanted to give it a try !The problem is that external drive isn't recognized in myComputer > only shows under DiskManagement but i cannot get it to do anything (there is no drive letter and cannot assign it because the option isn't highlighted, or format it to NFTS):confused:
    Maybe i am not doing something wrong or how should i go about getting this thing formatted from FAT32 to NFTS!

  2. TEG macrumors 604


    Jan 21, 2002
    Langley, Washington
    First it is HFS+. Use Disk Utility to wipe the drive, and format it into FAT32. Then use fdisk in Windows to set up the partition or Disc Managment to delete the existing partition, then create the new partition.

  3. mispeed84 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 3, 2008
    ups you are right HFS+!!!:eek:

    the external drive is formatted to FAT32 already. I am not familiar with fdisk but how do you do this in diskManagement. Not sure what you mean by "create the new partition"!
  4. mispeed84 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 3, 2008
  5. Stuferino macrumors newbie

    Jun 9, 2012
    Formatting Bootcamp partition to NFS unclear

    Trying to figure out HOW you got a Bootcamp partition from FAT to NFS.... I cannot even get Windows Seven onto the partition as long as its in FAT. Do I use an external machine with Windows? There is something here I dont get.:confused:
  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Format A Hard Drive Using Disk Utility (which is in your /Applications/Utilities folder)

    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 (approx $20) (Best Choice for Lion)
      • 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).
      • Native NTFS support can be enabled in Snow Leopard and Lion, 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.

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