hwo to know if disk utility formatted my hex hard drive to windows ntfs

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Sossity, Dec 19, 2011.

  1. Sossity macrumors 65816

    May 12, 2010
    I have paragon windows ntfs on my mac, & wanted to format an external hard drive to ntfs.

    i did it through disk utility, windows nt system was among the options.

    I did an erase & writing zeros to the hard drive 1st, then did a format.

    when I looked at it in disk utility, there are 2 icons for each drive, & for this drive, one was the factory name or 1TB PI-367, formatted mac os journedled, & then below it is another drive icon for the same drive; movies, (what I named it) formatted windows nt.

    i named the drive movies for storing backups of my dvd collections.

    did I format it to ntfs? i am a little confused as in how disk utility is showing the drive.
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    Disk Utility shows an HDD or SSD like this, be it internal or external:
    In this image the actual HDD is selected and no format is shown:
    In this image one partition (out of three) is selected, which also shows the format (file system) you have used:

    Have you checked Finder > select external HDD >> GET INFO >>> Format yet?
  3. Sossity thread starter macrumors 65816

    May 12, 2010
    no, I will try going in & looking as outlined here, I booted up my virtual machine of windows xp through parallels desktop, & turned on my hard drive, & windows saw it, so from this I think it is formatted to windows, or else my virtual windows machine would not have seen it.

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