Discussion in 'OT Technology' started by kmad86, Jan 29, 2008.
Anyway to do it without formatting? and if not how do I do it by formatting?
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.
convert I: /FS:NTFS /X
Make sure you backup first as you can lose data if the process goes wrong.
Yes I am a noob... What would I do that in?
You have to do that in Windoze.
you know OSX can't write to NTFS drives natively right?
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.
Oh crap... whats my best bet on putting a file bigger than 4gb on an external then?
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.
a combination of FUSE and NTFS-3G will let you write to NTFS drives under OS X.
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.
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
Would partitioning the drive be a bad idea?
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
I'd just get a 2nd drive for the PS3.
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.