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Gerican Calculating status...
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Nov 13, 2012 12:44 PM

I have a 3TB external hard drive with 2.4TB free space, the rest is used by PC files.  Is it possible to partition the PC area of the drive and then format the rest of the drive on my Mac?  In this way I will retain the PC files and be able to use the rest of the drive on my Mac.

MacBook Pro with Retina display, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • jwclark91 Calculating status...
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    Nov 13, 2012 1:02 PM (in response to Gerican)

    Yess you can partition the hard drive so one side is formatted for mac and the other for PC.


    There are a coulpe of other ways to do it to,


    some options are, you can get software on your mac to read your PC formatted hard drive, and vice versa


    The other opetion is to use disk utilities to and partition your hard drive. This will clear your hard drive so you will need to make sure all of your files as backed up first


    mac side as:Mac OS extended (journaled)

    PC side as: MS-DOS


    This website should guide you through some of the options




  • mizzer-d Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Nov 13, 2012 1:35 PM (in response to Gerican)

    Have you tried plugging it in to your mac as it is?  Chances are that is came to you formatted as fat32 and, unless it is formatted as ntfs, you'll be able to use it just fine.


    Before repartitioning, formatting, and risking data loss, just try it.

  • jwclark91 Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Nov 14, 2012 3:52 AM (in response to Gerican)

    Sorry as far as i know when you partition a hard drive using dirk utilities it will completely format the drive so you will loose all files unless they are backed up.


    If you can back up the work then mabe the nest option is to use something like "paragon NTFS" which will allow you to read and right files onto your hard drive but keeping the original formatting.


    Also fat32 is only compatibles upto 2TB and maximum file size is 4Gb so setting the entire hard drive to that would not be ideal either...





  • clintonfrombirmingham Level 7 Level 7 (26,675 points)
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    Nov 14, 2012 3:55 AM (in response to Gerican)

    If you want to be able to open and save files from a NTFS formatted drive, just spend the $20 on Paragon's NTFS for Mac.


    No need to worry about reformatting, etc. A good investment for sharing a drive with Windows and OS X.




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