Wanting to format a partition from NTFS to FAT32

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  1. Alvi macrumors 65816

    Alvi

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    Hi, i have a 500GB HDD which has two 250GB partitions, one which is working for time machine, and another one for storage, that one for storage is NTFS, so i can just read but not write files, which is very annoying.

    Can i just reformat that partition without loosing my time machine files? I already copied the Storage files to my internal HDD, also which is the best format? I want to be able to read/write stuff both on PC and Mac

    Is there a way to copy my Time Machine files to my computer, reformat that partition too to FAT32 and pass them back?
     
  2. cubeeggs macrumors member

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    1. Yes. Use Disk Utility.
    2. No. Time Machine requires HFS+.
     
  3. Alvi thread starter macrumors 65816

    Alvi

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    Thanks, now, disk utility just has Mac OS Extended formats and MS-DOS (FAT)
    Which one should i take?
     

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  4. Alvi thread starter macrumors 65816

    Alvi

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    Thanks! MS-DOS (FAT) means FAT32, no idea why they don't just say it
     

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  5. XBOXerDOG macrumors newbie

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    You can use DiskUtilities to format each part separately
    Don't touch your partition HFS for time machine
    Format the second part if you want...

    I have used Paragon soft to read write delete on NTFS external hard drive formatted (windows xp) on my MAC.

    but Fat32 is good as well..
     

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