Will disk utility partitioning erase whats on my harddrive?

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  1. chriscordell macrumors newbie

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    Hi everyone!

    I have a hard drive with about 250 gb of film and music on fbut it's formatted as HFS+ which windows cant read!

    I need to partition the drive to make windows be able to read at least a portion of it. But If I run disk utility and create a partition will it erase the info I already have on there?

    I don't have this data else where so I hope it wont!

    Thanks in advance :)

    Chris
     
  2. gsahli macrumors 6502a

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  4. chriscordell thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks :)

    Cheers guys, yeah I need to write to it as well and transfer the files from windows computers that aren't mine. So I think I'm gonna need to back up the info else where and reformat me thinks :(

    Thanks anyways!

    Chris
     
  5. Fishrrman macrumors G4

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    "I have a hard drive with about 250 gb of film and music on fbut it's formatted as HFS+ which windows cant read!
    I need to partition the drive to make windows be able to read at least a portion of it. But If I run disk utility and create a partition will it erase the info I already have on there?"

    Take my advice for the value of what you paid for it, but here's what I think.

    If the data on the drive you have NOW is important to you, do not trust it to any drive that is "dual-formatted" or is formatted in a Windows-compatible format.

    Leave that data on the Mac-format-only (HFS+) drive, and get ANOTHER drive that is formatted for use with both the Mac and PC.

    I've seen a number of posts from folks who had dual-partitioned drives, and one day (usually while hooked up to a PC) the Mac partitions on their drives just went.... POOF!

    It's not worth the trouble. Drives are cheap.

    Keep the important stuff on a Mac-only drive.

    Keep whatever else you want on the dual-platform drive.
     
  6. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    Just a reminder, before doing anything involving partitioning of your HDD, I would suggest that make sure you have a good back up. :)
     
  7. balamw Moderator

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    And to echo what Fishrrman said. Drives are cheap. A 500 GB external USB 2.0 drive can be had for ~US$60.

    Leaving the data where it is and creating a new copy is the easiest form of backup.

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