Partitioning an external HD for Mac and Win use

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  1. scvkurt03 macrumors newbie

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    So I just got my brand new MBP 15" and bought myself an OWC 2TB external to go along with it. I want to partition the drive 1.2tb for Win and the rest for backing up my MBP. I read up and partitioned both as NTFS in Windows with the understanding that I'd be able to reformat one of them in Disk Utility on the Mac. My Mac doesn't recognize either partition, though the drive will mount just fine - it just won't read a thing about it, other than size and branding.

    Is it possible to do what I'm trying to do?
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Try formatting one of the partitions as FAT32 in Windows
     
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  4. scvkurt03 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    and use the FAT32 drive as the windows partition or the mac partition? what do with the NTFS partition?
     
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    NTFS for Windows, HFS+ for OS X. Disk Utility can read FAT32 fine so if you format the other partition as FAT32, you should be able to format it as HFS+ in DU.
     
  6. scvkurt03 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks - so very helpful. However, I already have about 1tb of stuff on the one of the partitions I created in Windows. Any way to save that data?
     
  7. scvkurt03 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    That makes sense, but that the Mac isn't reading either NTFS partition currently.
     
  8. sjfwhite macrumors member

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    Why not use xFat? It is essentially Fat64 and is read/write compatible with Mac and Windows 7.
     
  9. scvkurt03 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I don't know. Why not? Anyone?

    Also, is HFS+ the same as "Mac OS Extended (Journaled)"? I'm not sure how to format using HFS+...
     
  10. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Same
     
  11. simsaladimbamba

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    Yes, as noted before HFS+ is the same as Mac OS Extended.
     
  12. DVD9 macrumors 6502a

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    I don't understand. The Apple Web site says that OSX is "The World's Most Sophisticated Operating System."

    Yet Ubuntu can read and write to an NTFS formatted drive without doing anything special.
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  13. simsaladimbamba

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    Maybe Ubuntu comes with MacFuse and NTFS drivers for write support?
    https://wiki.ubuntu.com/WriteSupportForNTFS

    Btw, Mac OS X can at least natively read NTFS formatted volumes, something Windows can't even do with HFS(+) formatted volumes.
     
  14. DVD9 macrumors 6502a

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    I have a dual boot with Windows 7 and OSX.
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    Good for you.
     

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