Mac noob, need some help? Drive formatting Question

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Radar19, Dec 16, 2010.

  1. Radar19 macrumors newbie

    Dec 16, 2010
    Hey guys, in a bit of a pickle.

    Basiclly, I needed to get some files from the Mac's we have at uni but my external drive is in NTFS as I use a Windows based PC. Now I managed to format my drive using MacDrive 8 to the Mac based file format. This allowed the Mac's at uni to see and write to my external so I could transfer the files from the Mac's to my hard drive. However at uni, I used the Disk Utility program to partion my drive to have 50Gb in HSF format and 400Gb in FAT32 format. I copied my files over to the Mac partion and using MacDrive 8, I managed to copy the files to my Windows PC.

    Now this is my problem, I cant get my drive to format in NTFS so it can be read by a Windows PC. I have access to both a Windows 7 PC and a Macbook Pro, running Snow Leopard.

    Any advice would be glady appreciated.
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    FAT32 (File Allocation Table)
    • Read/Write FAT32 from both native Windows and native Mac OS X.
    • Maximum file size: 4GB.
    • Maximum volume size: 2TB
    NTFS (Windows NT File System)
    • Read/Write NTFS from native Windows.
    • Read only NTFS from native Mac OS X
    • To Read/Write/Format NTFS from Mac OS X: Install NTFS-3G for Mac OS X (free)
    • Some have reported problems using Tuxera (approx 33USD).
    • Native NTFS support can be enabled in Snow Leopard, but is not advisable, due to instability.
    • Maximum file size: 16 TB
    • Maximum volume size: 256TB
    HFS+ (Hierarchical File System, a.k.a. Mac OS Extended)
    • Read/Write HFS+ from native Mac OS X
    • Required for Time Machine or Carbon Copy Cloner backups of Mac internal hard drive.
    • To Read/Write HFS+ from Windows, Install MacDrive
    • To Read HFS+ (but not Write) from Windows, Install HFSExplorer
    • Maximum file size: 8EiB
    • Maximum volume size: 8EiB
    exFAT (FAT64)
    • Supported in Mac OS X only in 10.6.5 or later.
    • exFAT partitions created with OS X 10.6.5 are inaccessible from Windows 7
    • Not all Windows versions support exFAT. See disadvantages.
    • exFAT (Extended File Allocation Table)
    • Maximum file size: 16 EiB
    • Maximum volume size: 64 ZiB

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