External drive format

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by lamina, May 11, 2006.

  1. lamina macrumors 68000


    Mar 9, 2006
    I have a 160gb external USB drive. I currently have it formatted FAT32, which only supports files up to 4gb. I have files that are bigger than 4gb, and I use the drive between Windows and Mac computers.

    Is it possible to convert the drive to NTFS while keeping the files intact? Also, dumb question, will Mac OS recognize NTFS?
  2. jeremy.king macrumors 603


    Jul 23, 2002
    Fuquay Varina, NC
    Convert the filesystem to NTFS using your PC. http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/winxppro/maintain/convertfat.mspx

    For all intents and purposes, NTFS volumes are READ-ONLY in OS X.

    If you wish to read/write from both platforms and require support for files larger than 4GB, then you can format the drive as HFS+ (files will be lost in this case) and invest in a copy of MacDrive for your Windows machine.
  3. Schroedinger macrumors regular


    Feb 12, 2004
    Baltimore, MD
    I will second the macdrive suggestion. I've been using it on my Thinkpad to access hard drives formatted for and primarily used with my mac. And there are some honkin huge files on it.

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