Partitioning external hard drive help

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  1. Yodgee macrumors member

    Mar 5, 2009
    I've got a 500gb WD external drive half full of stuff i need for windows. I want to partition it to fat32 using either OSX or windows 7 so i can store movies and music on there to play through my ps3. I need it to create the fat32 partition on the hard-drive that is currently in ntfs (windows) format, without erasing the 250gb or so of files already stored. Is this possible? If so what program should i use? Will disk utility be able to do this? Thanks
  2. ayzee macrumors 6502a


    Jun 12, 2008
    Im sure disk utility requires you to format the whole drive before it can partition. I wouldn't recommend partitioning on the fly without backing up the data already on there first. iPartition does this but its not free Not sure if there are any free options
  3. mscriv macrumors 601


    Aug 14, 2008
    Dallas, Texas
    Definitely back up before you do anything! If the goal is to store media for PS3 playback then keep in mind that FAT32 has a 4GB size limit. Depending on your media, 4GB might not be large enough. For example HD video is often much larger.

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