Formatting external hdd to ntfs

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  1. BigBlackNigga macrumors newbie

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    Hello,

    I am new to posting stuff here, but I would like to know how to format an external hdd to ntfs. I want to put media on the external hdd to plug in via usb to my tv, the tv is a LG smart tv and to my knowledge it only supports FAT32 and ntfs. I think ntfs will be the better option, but when I went to format it thru disk utility on my MBP there wasn't an option for it.

    Thanks for any help
     
  2. ElectricSheep macrumors 6502

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    MacOS X does not ship with native NTFS read/write support enabled out of the box, just read-only. Disk Utility does not know how to create an NTFS filesystem unless you use a 3rd party tool, such as Paragon.
     
  3. satcomer macrumors 603

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    Why do you want to make NTFS? You want to bend OS X to Windows? I say bend Windows to OS X by installing on Windows MacDrive. I use this software on my bootCamp and sees/writes to every external HFS+ I have almost natively.
     
  4. kpgh554 macrumors regular

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    I use tuxera ntfs myself adds function to disc utility works fine for me
     
  5. kingoftherolex macrumors member

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    How has nobody commented on OP's username? :confused:
    How'd that even get approved as a username on this site :eek:
     
  6. hallux macrumors 68020

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    Since the TV (and Windows and OS X) support FAT32, why not format the drive in FAT32?
     
  7. sukmidik macrumors newbie

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    Name approval

    I was thinking the same thing when I requested my screen name.
     
  8. BigBlackNigga thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I want to make the hdd readable for the smart tv

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    I looked into paragon but the safe download link in cnet wasn't working for me:confused:

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    Thanks, I'll try it out;)

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    A friend made me this account and I was too lazy to change it. But rest assured I am black and big :cool:

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    I read that FAT32 has a size limit of 4gb, which could easily get maxed out with a movie... that's why I wanted the ntfs

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    also my mac only gave me the exFAT option, which is not read by the tv.

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pDbyisUGKc
     
  9. hallux macrumors 68020

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    The MSDOS (FAT) option in Diksutility IS FAT32, I just confirmed by formatting a blank USB stick.

    Yes, I guess file size might be an issue.
     
  10. BigBlackNigga thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Tuxera worked, THANKS:D
     

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