Time Machine partitioned my hard drive?

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  1. yourdream macrumors regular

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    I wanted to backup Leopard using Time Machine and it deleted my NTFS partition and created a HFS+ partition instead. I was wondering if I could reformat it back to NTFS or another partition type later on.
     
  2. emt1 macrumors 65816

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    Uh... Macs can't write to NTFS partitions so I highly doubt you ever had an NTFS partition. HFS+ is usually the best format to have you hard drive on. What were you trying to back up?
     
  3. yourdream thread starter macrumors regular

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    I had a NTFS partition before because I was using Windows. But then now when I plug my hard drive into my Mac it shows as HFS+ instead NTFS. And I was trying to back up the whole operating system. (Leopard)
     
  4. emt1 macrumors 65816

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    Leopard will not install on an NTFS partition so you never had Leopard on that drive unless it was reformatted to a HFS+ prior to installation.

    So it's HFS+ now. What's the problem?
     
  5. yourdream thread starter macrumors regular

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    I want to know if it is possible to switch back to NTFS or another format if I use my hard drive with Windows or Windows and Mac.
     
  6. emt1 macrumors 65816

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    If you have to use both, FAT32 would work, but I think that using something like a USB flash drive or a network for file transfers would be a far better idea.
     
  7. yourdream thread starter macrumors regular

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    I see. Well, do you know how to switch to FAT32 then?
     
  8. emt1 macrumors 65816

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    You'd have to reformat the drive with disk utility. You'll lose all of the data on the drive doing this.
     
  9. yourdream thread starter macrumors regular

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    All right. Thank you for your help.
     

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