How do I convert an external HD from Fat32 to NTFS?

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  1. kmad86

    kmad86 Swine Epidemic Survival Crew '09 OT Supporter

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    Anyway to do it without formatting? and if not how do I do it by formatting?
     
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    disk utility but you'll lose your data.
    buy another external hd, copy your data to it, reformat your external hd, copy data back to ntfs external, wipe the hdd you bought, and return it.
     
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    ittech "If You're Not Part of the Solution, There's Good OT Supporter

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    sigh, noobs


    convert I: /FS:NTFS /X
     
  4. TheWeasel

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    Make sure you backup first as you can lose data if the process goes wrong.
     
  5. kmad86

    kmad86 Swine Epidemic Survival Crew '09 OT Supporter

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    Yes I am a noob... What would I do that in?
     
  6. TheWeasel

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    You have to do that in Windoze.
     
  7. Raider007

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    you know OSX can't write to NTFS drives natively right?
     
  8. TheWeasel

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    :werd: OS X can only read NTFS. There are some open-source projects that allow you to write to it but most aren't very actively developed and have mixed results.
     
  9. kmad86

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    Oh crap... whats my best bet on putting a file bigger than 4gb on an external then?
     
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    if it's going to be a mac only external, just format it "Mac OS Extended (journaled)"
    if it's going to be a shared drive with a PC, you can try those NTFS tweaks/hacks for the mac OS.
     
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    IcyHot4Life Str8 Ballin'

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    a combination of FUSE and NTFS-3G will let you write to NTFS drives under OS X.
     
  12. TheWeasel

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    If you wanna write NTFS I'd search around. There are still some open source projects that have stuff available. Read up on them first and make sure you test it a lot before making a choice. There is also this program called Paragon NTFS for Mac OS X 6.0. It's based on an open source Unix project so I don't see much value in paying for it and the 6.0 thing means nothing as it's almost totally unknown to the Mac community.

    http://www.paragon-software.com/home/ntfs-mac/
     
  13. kmad86

    kmad86 Swine Epidemic Survival Crew '09 OT Supporter

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    It will be mac only unless I might hook it up to a PS3 directly... Will a ps3 read that OS Extended (Journaled) format? im guessing not but I figure I would ask
     
  14. kmad86

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    Would partitioning the drive be a bad idea?
     
  15. Raider007

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    no point
     
  16. kmad86

    kmad86 Swine Epidemic Survival Crew '09 OT Supporter

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    crap, i thought I might be able getting away with formatting a partition to NTFS... I guess I can't do that...


    btw we all have weak spots... obviously mine is computer formats
     
  17. TheWeasel

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    I'd just get a 2nd drive for the PS3.
     
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    Get iPartition. You can convert and format whole drives or partition and format the drive without any data loss. Plus you get a awesome disc defragmenter and the ability to burn a bootable disc with iDefrag and iPartition on it, in the event you have hard drive failure/issues.
     

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