Firewire, Partitioning, and Windows

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Clusty, Dec 9, 2007.

  1. Clusty macrumors regular

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    I have an old computer with a 130GB Harddrive. Can I partition the harddrive to where half of it is Windows, and the other partition is(empty) for using as an external drive for MacBook? I'd be connecting via firewire.
     
  2. HLdan macrumors 603

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    These questions really are to be posted in the "Windows on a Mac" forum since it's really a Windows question.
     
  3. Sijmen macrumors 6502a

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    Yes. Here are two ways to do it:

    1. Use Disk Utility to partition the drive. Use the MBR format so Windows can boot from the disk. Create two partitions, one NTFS for Windows, and one HFS+ for your Mac stuff. Then install Windows.

    2. Use Windows Setup to partition the disk. Create a partition for Windows and install Windows on it. Leave space for the Mac partition. Then create a HFS+ partition using Disk Utility.
     
  4. Clusty thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thank you.

    This isn't "Windows on a Mac".
     
  5. HLdan macrumors 603

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    Oops sorry, my bad, I just re-read your question. Lately there's been so many questions on the Mac forum about just running Windows and people ignore the Windows section.
    Again sorry about that. :)
     
  6. Clusty thread starter macrumors regular

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    I understand, no problem.


    Another question, when you partition a drive, will it fully format it?
     
  7. Sijmen macrumors 6502a

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    I believe that you can resize FAT and HFS+ partitions using Disk Utility without data loss, but changing the format to MBR will wipe your disk.
     
  8. Mechcozmo macrumors 603

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    Assume it will. Safer for your data and subsequent sanity.
     

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