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Changing an Ext. HD from NTFS to FAT32

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  1. chubbs032

    chubbs032 Member

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    I have an external harddrive, mobile storage solutions usb2.0 80gig, it came formatted as NTFS and I want to change it to FAT32 so I can read and write under my MacOS X partition as well. Any programs out there that will allow me to do it.

    I tried formatting under XP but NTFS is the only option.
     
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    Partition Magic will do it fast without losing data. But if you want you can fdisk and format...blah
     
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    partition magic has a fee if im not mistaken....so after reading I have a 40gig external for that I want to run on FAT32 between my mac and xp, Fat32 naturally only has a 32gig partition limit so thats why I couldnt figure out how to change my whole external, so I created two partitions, 1 32g and the other 6 gigs. It'll do for now.
     
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    I'll send it to you ;)
     
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    ddp Moderator Staff Member

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    chubbs. fat32 does not have a 32gig limitation on it as i use fat32 on my 160gig hd partitioned with 40gig for windows & 120gig for data. my 80gig external is fat32 with no partitions. my laptop 40gig hid is fat32 with no partitions. fat32 just has a problem with files over 4gig like movies.
     
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    just info

    Free/Open Source

    * GParted
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GParted
    * Free FDISK (FreeDOS)
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FreeDOS
    * GNU Parted, fdisk, and Cfdisk
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GNU_Parted
    * Mandriva's DiskDrake
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DiskDrake
    * QtParted
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QtParted
    * FIPS
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FIPS_(computer_program)

    * Damien Guibouret's Partition Saving - Used for restoring, saving, or copying elements absolutely to or from a hard disk or other media including Master Boot Records, partition tables, single files, entire directories within a partition, or entire partitions.
    http://www.partition-saving.com/


    Master boot record
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Master_Boot_Record



    Proprietary

    * Apple's Disk Utility
    * Microsoft's Computer Management Console or "compmgmt.msc", part of several versions of Windows
    * Acronis Disk Director Suite
    * Symantec's PartitionMagic
    * TeraByte Unlimited's BootIt NG
    * Microsoft's DiskPart and FDISK
    * DIY DataRecovery's DiskPatch
    * Ranish Partition Manager
    * Cute Partition Manager
    * VCOM's Partition Commander
    * Paragon Software's Partition Manager and Hard Disk Manager
    * Coriolis Systems' iPartition
    * VolumeWorks - Dynamic partitioning software for Mac OS X by SubRosaSoft Inc.

    [edit] Hard disk manufacturers' tools

    * Maxtor's Maxblast for Maxtor disks
    * Western Digital's Data Lifeguard Tools for Western Digital disks
    * Seagate's Discwizard for Seagate disks


    GO HERE FOR THE ABOVE
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_partition_utilities




     

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