How do I convert a partition from fat to NTFS

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  1. evilbooger macrumors newbie

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    I see a lot of threads about which to use, FAT or NTFS, well that's nice but Vista is telling me to use NTFS and my partitions are FAT. How do I convert my Bootcamp partition to NTFS, I don't see NTFS listed as a choice in Disk Utility.
     
  2. NeXTCube macrumors member

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    before you do anything I should mention that Macos X cannot read or write NTFS partitions without extra software. If you are currently accessing your Windows files from MacOS X I'd suggest leaving it FAT32. NTFS has plenty to recommend it, don't get me wrong. But that is one negative.
     
  3. RITZFit macrumors 65816

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    here ya go http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307881
    I've been able to read/copy files from my ntfs partition through OS X without any third party software...I just can't write anything to that partition.
     
  4. NeXTCube macrumors member

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    I'll admit that I hadn't tried it recently (since 10.2 I think) so I'm glad to hear that I was, well, wrong and that reading (at least) works.
     
  5. Stridder44 macrumors 68040

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    Yep, same here. If you have Leopard (although I think earlier versions of OS X can do it too) you can read/copy/see/whatever an NTFS partition, just not write to it.

    Under Windows (on an NTFS partition) you can't read or write (or even see for that matter) to OS X (the HFS+ partition).

    Honestly, after have both Vista (mostly for gaming) and Leopard (for everything else), I haven't found it a big deal. If I ever did need to move something to the NTFS partition I just use a flash drive (which I've formatted as FAT....4 GB flash drive is like $20), and like I said, if I needed to copy anything from the NTFS drive I can just do it under OS X.

    The thing that sucks about FAT is there's a 4GB file size limit (among many other things). Plus, it's older than dirt.
     
  6. The Flashing Fi macrumors 6502a

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    If you're installing Vista, it should automatically format the partition into NTFS for you.
     
  7. evilbooger thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Oh thank you, you were right Flashing Fi. Vista allowed me to delete my bad partitions too.
     

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