HFS+ External HD

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by hirschab, Aug 17, 2007.

  1. hirschab macrumors member

    Jun 5, 2007
    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

    May 20, 2007
    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


    Jul 24, 2002
    The Great White North Eh
    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

    Jun 5, 2007
    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


    Jun 27, 2006
    Seattle, WA
    You can use Disk Utility to format the drive to HFS+, but windows will not be able to read it.
  6. cardsdoc macrumors 6502

    Jun 9, 2007
    Shaker Hts, OH
    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

    Jun 5, 2007
    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

    Jun 5, 2007
    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


    May 16, 2007
    Seattle, WA
    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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