Formats

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Hogly, Jul 11, 2009.

  1. Hogly macrumors newbie

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    I just installed boot camp with xp sp3. I can't find my WD Mybook on windows (its formatted as mac ofc) I was wondering if from a mac I could format a partion to NTFS. It wont let me do it on disk utility, anyone got any ideas?
     
  2. RealaT macrumors regular

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    OSX cannot write to NTFS partitions, it can only read from them.

    If you want to format the drive as NTFS you will need to do it in Windows.
     
  3. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Yes, Disk Utility will allow you to format as NTFS from the drop down menu

    [​IMG]


    NTFS-3G will allow OS X to read/write to NTFS (Windows) and it is free

    MacDrive will allow Windows to read/write HFS+ (Mac OS X), but it is not free

    You can also check out the various file systems here: MR Guide: File Systems


    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
  4. RealaT macrumors regular

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    2 years on and I'm still learning new things :D

    Didn't realise that NTFS-3G allowed formatting a drive as NTFS
     
  5. Hogly thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks Dawg :)
     

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