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Re-format Drive to NTFS

523 Views 3 Replies Latest reply: Jan 22, 2013 11:13 AM by Klaus1 RSS
sudont Level 1 Level 1 (135 points)
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Jan 22, 2013 9:43 AM

     I want to give a non-techie roommate a spare external HD to use for backups, so I need to reformat it from HFS+ to NTFS. It doesn't seem that hdiutil supports that format, at least it's not listed in the man page, and there's nothing apropos of NTFS that will format a drive.

     So I got online and read that if I installed NTFS-3G, I would be able to format a drive with Disk Utility. So I installed it via MacPorts, but Disk Utility still doesn't show an NTFS option, even after a restart. I tried using mkntfs, but it complained that the device was busy. Do I need to unmount it first? Or what?

     So, my question is, can you get Disk Utility to format NTFS? If so, how? If not, what, exactly, do I need to do? I'm not a CLI guru, but I'm not afraid to muck around with a little guidance.


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  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (43,350 points)
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    Jan 22, 2013 9:53 AM (in response to sudont)

    Probably simpler if your friend re-formats the hard drive on his computer.

  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (43,350 points)
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    Jan 22, 2013 11:13 AM (in response to sudont)

    Indeed, but my thinking was this: Apple OS X and Windows are very different operating systems, with different file structures.


    If the desired end result is that it works with her computer, then it might be best to reformat it on that.


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