Firewire External Hard Drive from NTFS to FAT32

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  1. mrsmitty13 macrumors newbie

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    I was hoping somebody can help me with this. I have an older firewire 120gb external hard drive that I used to use on my PC and want to start using with my mac. The drive is formatted to NTFS which my mac says is readable only and will not let me do anything with it. SO I tried going to the Disk Utility to try and format it to mac standards but (there is no data on it I need so it can be fully erased) but the disk utilities options for erase are all greyed out. Is there some way I can format this to use with the mac? I'd even be happy with an external program.

    Thanks for the advice!
     
  2. TEG macrumors 604

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    You could easily change the format from Windows. Or try the "Partition" tab and setup new partitions, as you can't erase an NTFS system, but can repartition the drive into FAT32.

    TEG
     
  3. mrsmitty13 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I did forget to mention that all the options under the "partition" tab are greyed out as well not letting me even do that.
     
  4. nick9191 macrumors 68040

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    Your clicking on the wrong bit.

    Click on the indented one then do it (although obviously on the disk and not on your Macs hard drive).

    And do it in HFS, not the whore that is FAT32.
     

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  5. mrsmitty13 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    If I click on the indented on the partition tab is not there anymore.
     

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