FAT32 Question

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by reykjavik, Oct 2, 2007.

  1. reykjavik macrumors 6502

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    I have an external HD that I need to be a fat32 hd but I don't want to partition it. Is there any app out there that will disguise the hd as fat32 so that I don't have to delete everything?
     
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    You can't "disguise" a partition type. If you were to alter the partition table to report one partition as the wrong type all that would happen is that all the data would become unreadable. The partition type defines at the lowest level how data is written to the disk and how the OS should work out where on the disk to find existing files. This cannot simply be faked.
     
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  4. cbrain macrumors 65816

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    Not at all.

    NTFS is a Windows format.

    Mac OS X Extended is HFS or HFS+. (I can't remember which!)
     
  5. Veritas&Equitas macrumors 68000

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    It's actually NTFS (NT File System), and Mac OS X Extended is HFS+ :)
     

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