Convert NTFS to FAT32??

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Mark Morb, Jan 4, 2008.

  1. Mark Morb macrumors regular

    Mark Morb

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    Hi,

    I'm intending on buying an iMac in a few days, just waiting for Macworld to come and go.

    My question is this. I currently have 3 external Hard Drives on my PC. 2 x 360GB and 1 x 500GB. These contain MP3's, Photos/Videos, FLAC (Uncompressed Audio) respectively. Each disc is probably around 2 thirds full. They are all in formatted to NTFS.

    Is there anyway that I can convert them to FAT32 without losing the Data so that the iMac can Read and Write to them when I swap them over to the Mac? (and is this even a good idea as I understand that FAT32 is extremely inefficient with volumes of this size)

    The only alternative I can think off is to copy everything from the disks to the internal mac drive, reformat the USB drive for the mac and then copy everything back...sounds like a pain in the ass!!

    Any advice appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Mark Morb
     
  2. heatmiser macrumors 68020

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    You can do it with PartitionMagic in Windows XP. There is no equivalent (as usual) in OS X.
     
  3. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

    Eidorian

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  4. SDub90 macrumors 6502a

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    Easiest solution would be to install MacFUSE and NTFS-3G on your mac.

    The 4GB file size limit always comes back to kick me square in the ass every time I switch my drives over to FAT32. Something to consider.
     

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