Converting 1TB external HD from ntfs to fat?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by dhartlen, Nov 29, 2010.

  1. dhartlen macrumors member

    Nov 27, 2010

    While I await my first MBA to arrive, I have been doing some reading and I think that I may have a glitch.

    Most of my data is stored on a 1TB drive that is currently formatted as ntfs. Do I need to convert this to fat (or fat32?) in order to use it on both machines in the future.

    If so, is there a way to do this without losing any data?
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    No, you don't need to reformat the drive:

    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 Leopard or Snow Leopard: Install MacFUSE and NTFS-3G. You can install both with NTFS-3G for Mac OS X.
    • Maximum volume size: 256TB
  3. dhartlen thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 27, 2010
    This helps a lot. Thank you from a soon-to-be-newb.


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