how to format a HD that has it's own operating system

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by tkjazzer, Jan 11, 2009.

  1. tkjazzer macrumors 6502

    Nov 30, 2004
  2. plinden macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2004
    How do you know it's FAT32 formatted and hence limited to 4GB files? It's a network attached storage device, which means your computer connects to the software running on it. I doubt that it's FAT32 ... since it doesn't mention a file size limit, it's likely formatted as NTFS. You wouldn't reformat the drive.
  3. tersono macrumors 68000


    Jan 18, 2005
    Don't try to reformat it - it'll quit working.

    It's highly unlikely that it's FAT32 formatted - more likely to be a Linux filesystem (embedded linux being the OS of choice for most of these network drives).

    However, if you want full HFS compatibility, take a look at the Synology range which are about the most Mac-friendly NAS drives around.
  4. tkjazzer thread starter macrumors 6502

    Nov 30, 2004
    so if it runs through another operating system. will I be able to play large games like WoW on it?

    how will my macbook pro (or shoot, maybe i'll send it to the TV) be able to handle that system?

    will be interesting to see more reviews on this...
  5. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    Just because it has another OS on it doesn't mean it can be used like a stand alone computer. It's a file/media server, not really anything else.

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