Reformating without losing data?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by lynkynpark86, Apr 7, 2011.

  1. lynkynpark86 macrumors 6502

    #1
    On my hard drive (640GB) I have 3 partitions, one being time machine, the other two being storage. The drive is in Mac OS Extended (Journaled). I need it to be in FAT-32. Can I change formats without erasing? If I can't, how can I back up the 640GB of data on the drive when I've got a 120GB computer that's already full? And can you partition a FAT32 drive?
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  2. Jolly Giant macrumors 6502a

    Jolly Giant

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    #2
    no.

    get another external.

    yes.

    FAT32 has a limitation, though, in that files cannot be bigger than 4 GB. you might want to use NTFS instead.
     
  3. skorpien macrumors 68020

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    Also, if you intend on continuing to use the Time Machine partition for TM backups, it needs to be HFS+

    Why does your HDD need to be changed to FAT32?
     

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