Need Help Fixing a stupid mistake

Discussion in 'macOS' started by dups12345, Aug 3, 2011.

  1. dups12345 macrumors newbie

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    I am hoping someone on here can help me fix a stupid mistake. I had a 1TB HDD which I happily had all my data on and was shared to all my Macs around the house and life was good. Then at the weekend I got a new 1.5TB HDD to replace so the old one could be a time machine drive.

    After what seemed like an ice age to copy everything to the new one and to create the old one into a time machine drive I realised I had made the new one into FAT32 (you can imagine the choice of words that came out of my mouth then :mad:) As this can't be shared over the network and I would prefer not to face another long copy is their any way to changing the file format of the drive with out moving data?

    I understand that this is VERY unlikely but I figured I would give it a shot anyway.

    Cheers
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    No, you need to do the whole ****ing process again, meaning copying data back, formatting the new HDD correctly, and copying the data back again.

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  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    No, reformatting a drive wipes all data from it. Here are your formatting options:

    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 $36).
    • Some have had good results with Paragon (approx $20)
    • Native NTFS support can be enabled in Snow Leopard and Lion, but is not advisable, due to instability.
    • AirPort Extreme (802.11n) and Time Capsule do not support NTFS
    • 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 or SuperDuper! 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.
    • Not all Windows versions support exFAT. See disadvantages.
    • exFAT (Extended File Allocation Table)
    • AirPort Extreme (802.11n) and Time Capsule do not support exFAT
    • Maximum file size: 16 EiB
    • Maximum volume size: 64 ZiB
     
  4. jbg232 macrumors 65816

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    Is Eib an exabyte and Zib a zettabyte?
     
  5. dups12345 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Cheers guys. I figured that would be the case. Best get started with the copy:mad:
     
  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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  7. r0k macrumors 68040

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    I guess you already know this but when I bring home a new HDD, the first thing I do is hook it up and tell disk utility to partition it (if necessary) and make it HFS+ (journaled). Sometimes I copy off the useless windows utilities that often come with the drive but more often than not I simply blow them away and format.

    I forgot one time and hooked up a 1.5 TB WD drive to a Time Capsule and wondered why it couldn't "see" it. Then I remembered, dragged it back over to my Mac and formatted it HFS+ (journaled) and all was good.
     
  8. dups12345 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yeah I normally do this but I was victim of doing doing two things at once which just never works out well!
     

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