external Harddisk NTFS questions

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  1. 10-Dee-Q macrumors 6502

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    hi, i have an external WD MyBook 3TB

    previously i partitioned it to 2 partitions
    2TB NTFS
    and 1TB HFS+

    now i just bought another mybook 3tB specially to be used for my mac only so i format it all using HFS+

    my question is :
    is it possible to may my old hard disk to be 1 full NTFS drive ?
    removing the NFS+ partition without erasing the data on the NTFS side ?
    i mean i want to erase the 1 TB HFS+ on it
    and make it 3TB NTFS again

    if its possible , can you guys tell me how to doit ?

    movig the data elsewhere first is out of question as i have no more temporary space for it.

    thank you.
     
  2. satcomer macrumors 603

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    OS X on read NTFS and can't write to NTFS (because Microsoft forbids it). However you can get third part software (just decided which one you like).

    ONE WARNING: added a NTFS hack you can just update OS X unless that third party NTFS hack is updated or deinstalled for the new version of OS X!!!

    Now when a hard drive is reformatted that means all the data will be ERASED! That is the nature of the hard drive reformat because you the way data is put on that hard drive.
     
  3. hallux macrumors 68020

    hallux

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    If you have access to a Windows computer you should be able to delete the HFS partition (after backing up the data if needed!) and extend the NTFS partition into the new free space. I'm not sure you can actually CONVERT the partition to NTFS (you CAN convert from FAT to NTFS), and merging into one partition is an entirely different scenario.
     
  4. 10-Dee-Q thread starter macrumors 6502

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    this is exactly what i want to do
    i have access to windows machine, well my MBP via bootcamp
    i want to extend the NTFS partition and remove the hfs+ partition
    i already back up all the data on the HFS+ partition
    i dont need to back up the data on the NTFS partition right ?
    can you tell me how to do this ?
     
  5. hallux macrumors 68020

    hallux

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    I don't believe you need to back up the data on the NTFS partition, but it might not be a bad idea if you have the space to do so. In Computer management, go to disk management. Find the drive in the list, delete the HFS+ partition. Right-click on the NTFS partition and click on Extend.

    A quick Google search turns this up...
    http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/shrink-and-extend-ntfs-volumes-in-windows/
     

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