Having 2 different formats on one drive.

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by 199708, Mar 26, 2009.

  1. 199708 macrumors 6502

    Jul 5, 2008
    Search the whole forearms, but no luck,

    I have a 500gig SATA drive (fat32), and I'd like to actually have HFS+ as well, maybe around 100gig of it, for time machine purposes. is this possible at all? rather than buying another drive?.

    if yes, when i plug in the USB in OSX, would both drives appear?

    btw, i need fat32, its the only universal format between PS3/XP/OSX. Timemachine from what i have researched will onyl work on HFS+
  2. TEG macrumors 604


    Jan 21, 2002
    Langley, Washington
    Yes you can do it. Otherwise, no one would be able to use Bootcamp.

  3. waw74 macrumors 68030

    May 27, 2008
    open disk utility, click on the main portion of the drive you want to reformat (the one all the way to the left, and not indented) then click on partition.

    from this screen you can break down the drive how you want.

    When doing this, you may loose your data, so back up first.
  4. rhyx macrumors 6502

    Jan 15, 2008
    You WILL lose your data on that drive.

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