Partitioning external hard drive help

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  1. Yodgee macrumors member

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    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

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    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 http://www.coriolis-systems.com/. Not sure if there are any free options
     
  3. mscriv macrumors 601

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    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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