Possible to Reformat Harddrive with stuff on it ?

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  1. fab5freddy macrumors 65816

    fab5freddy

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    I have a 1 TB Drive, that is formatted in Mac OS Journaled,
    and has 300 GB of files on it already.
    I have to reformat it to NTFS format.

    Is there anyway i can reformat the Harddrive to NTFS format
    with the stuff on there with 10.5.6 Leopard ?

    Maybe i could Re-Partition the 1TB drive with the stuff on it,
    and dump it on to the One Partition and reformat the other Partition ??

    thanks!
     
  2. RITZFit macrumors 65816

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    yeah, I don't think you'll be able to go from OS Journaled to NTFS (you can for FAT32 to NTFS tho) w/ out loosing info. like you said, your best option would prob to be create a small partition on the drive and dump all your data into that so you can do whatever you need to the the rest. good luck
     
  3. fab5freddy thread starter macrumors 65816

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    So could i do all this on the One Drive? Could i Reformat
    just 1 partition without touching the other partitions ?

    thanks!
     
  4. emt1 macrumors 65816

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    Resizing or creating partitions without the destruction of data requires software other than disk utility. If you use DU then you will lose data.
     
  5. melchior macrumors 65816

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    it is possible, but not using the built in software. you'd want to use something like iPartition to resize the large partition, create a new partition with free space and then you can format it to NTFS, but again, not with OS X. there is a terminal command
    Code:
    diskutil resizeVolume
    but if you're asking here, i'd suggest using iPartition or similar.
     
  6. fab5freddy thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Melchior, That's pretty impressive.
    You've been a MacRumors member since 2002.

    I didn't even know they existed then!
    I wonder when MacRumors started ?
     
  7. MacManiac76 macrumors 65816

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    Seems MacRumors has been around since February 2000, although I'm not sure if the forums/membership has been around since the beginning.
     
  8. melchior macrumors 65816

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    a bit off topic, but yeah, the forums appeared sometime in 2001 and i lurked for about a year before i had anything worth saying. heady days when rumours were really rumours...
     
  9. gr8tfly macrumors 603

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    Disk Utility in Leopard can add/remove/resize partitions on-the-fly. It won't create a new partition, though, if there are files residing on that part of the volume. Something like iPartition would be needed, in that case.

    But, (OP) you can't do the whole drive, and you can't format a partition as NTFS (only FAT32). You could move the data to a FAT32 partition, then convert it while in Windows. (I believe iPartition can format in NTFS). Another hitch is you can't write to a NTFS partition natively in OS-X.
     

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