External Harddrive between PC&MAC (FAT32 ISSUE)

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  1. esadb macrumors 65816

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    So i have a 500gb external hard drive. I made 2 partitions on it. 1 is around 120gb or so thats my Macbooks time machine backup.

    The other ~380gb is for just anything movies,music etc.. Now the issue I'm running into is in order for that partition I had to format it to FAT32 for it to work under MAC and Windows.

    But now I got files that are ~4.5gb and I can't put them on there as the limit is only 4gb with FAT32.

    What are my options this is pretty darn annoying..
     
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    MacDrive for Windows, to be able to read and write to HFS+ formatted volumes.

    Or use the NTFS-3G driver to write to NTFS formatted volumes in Mac OS X.


     
  3. esadb thread starter macrumors 65816

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    So my best bet is to go with the NTFS-3G option?

    Now the question is.. Can i convert the fat32 partition to NTFS without having to remove the stuff then format?

    Because there is quite a bit of stuff lol and i dont really know where to store it if i have to remove it before changing to NTFS..
     
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    Maybe via Windows, but I don't know that anymore. I seem to recall a method in Windows 2000 via the Command Prompt. Maybe a www search can prompt you to some guides, if possible.
     
  5. esadb thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Yeap that did it!!

    Convert driveletter: /fs:ntfs (did under Win7)


    Now hopefully this didnt screw up the timemachine backup but either way ill be able to resynch it with my mac.

    Great, so basically all i gotta do is install that NTFS-3G thing?
     
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    Yes. Though don't expect fast transfer rates with the free version of NTFS-3G, I never got more than 20MB/s, though if you don't transfer GBs on a daily basis, that should be okay.
     
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    As far as I can tell the free version consists of only 15 day trial.. After that its $30
     
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