HFS+ External HD

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  1. hirschab macrumors member

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    I just got a 500gb external hd, and it is currently formatted as FAT32, but I want to format it as HFS+ without partitioning it. How do I do that?
    Also I'm going to be dual booting vista/leopard once they are released, is there any way to get vista to recognize an HFS+ drive?
     
  2. aliquis- macrumors 6502a

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    If it's new and doesn't have any files why don't you wanna partition it?

    There is macdrive or something like that for Windows to handle HFS+.

    You can repartition your disk with disk utility in the utilities directory under applications.
     
  3. galstaph macrumors 6502a

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    Windows doesn't like HFS. There are programs out there that will let your mac talk/write to ntfs (macs will read but not write to ntfs). Otherwise macs are happy to read/write to fat32
     
  4. hirschab thread starter macrumors member

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    yeah but isn't there a size restriction of 4gb on FAT32 drives when using macs. Anyway, is HFS+ is faster I want to use that. And I don't want to partition it... because why would I want to partition it?
     
  5. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    You can use Disk Utility to format the drive to HFS+, but windows will not be able to read it.
     
  6. cardsdoc macrumors regular

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    My external drive is formatted in HFS+ and I use Macdrive on my Windows PC. It works seamlessly. I also didn't want the limitations of FAT32 and it's my impression that the NTFS implementation for OS X (MacFuse) does not perform as well.
     
  7. hirschab thread starter macrumors member

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    I wrote some files to my disk using XP and now in OS X it isn't recognized, but when I go to disk utility it is recognized, I just cant access it from the finder. Does anyone know why this is?
     
  8. hirschab thread starter macrumors member

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    OK, NOW when I go into disk utility, and I click on the drives mount point, then the drive appears in finders sidebar. It's formatted as windows_fat32 but should that make a difference?
     
  9. filmgirl macrumors regular

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    Did you mount the drive? I mean, I would assume it would automount, but you never know.

    What I did, FWIW, was format my external in HFS and then I just have MacDrive on a USB drive I carry on my keychain, that way I can quickly install/uninstall it on any computer I need to access to transfer files over or something.

    I have a strong suspicion that the NTFS driver included in Leopard will include read/write access (Apple hired the guy that was working on the original NTFS-3G Mac implementation to work for them with the agreement that the source code would go back to the Linux community - and he's changed his statements of when the source code would be released to the public in a way that directly correlates with Leopard delays.). The NTFS-3G/Mac Fuse implementation works, but it's hardly user friendly for people who aren't familiar with Linux/Terminal and don't wan to learn.
     

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