Partitioning an External HD

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by Soire, Apr 18, 2004.

  1. Soire macrumors regular

    Jan 27, 2004
    Garden State
    I recently bought a 250 gig LaCie external Harddrie. It's great. So I wanted to partition it into 2 drives- one of 30 gigs in FAT 32 for Windows and the rest (200 or so) into standard HFS+ format. I used the silverlining software it came with, and even had to run OS9 to do so. After 11 hours of formatting it seems ok in OS9. But in OSX it only shows up as one 33 gig MS DOS harddrive. Where did the other partition and 200 gigs go??
    I don't know how I can make OSX recognize the second drive/partition. If I can't can I use disk utility to format one of the partitions in FAT 32 and the other in HFS?? On the disk utility window the three format options are "Mac OS Extended", "Unix File System", and "Free Space" I don't know what any of these are! Please tell me what I'm doing wrong. Thanks.
  2. Duff-Man macrumors 68030


    Dec 26, 2002
    Albuquerque, NM
    Duff-Man says....Hmmm...without having tried anything like that I should think that it should work. 11 hours to format? what if you use OS X Disk Utility to partition and format the HFS+ partition, then switch over to OS 9 and use the other util to format the other partition as Fat32? Or, format *both* as HFS+ in OS X, then go to OS 9 and reformat the one you want to Fat32....give that a try......oh yeah!

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