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    New Hard Drive Format !!
    Hi Guys ..

    I just got a 500 GB external hard drive, when plugging it to my Macbook Pro ( Lion OS ), it showed that the HD is Windows NTFS format .
    Should i leave it like this or should i format it to another format ?
    I usualy transfer files larger than 4 GB, and might use the HD on windows also.


    Thanks ,,,

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    If you are going to swap between then leave it as NTFS, and get NTFS Mounter for your Mac, so that you can read and write to it.
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    If you want to use the hard disk on windows as well, and as you say some files may be larger than 4 gig, then leave it as NTFS

    But OSX can only read NTFS formatted disks, in that case you have 2 options

    PARAGON Software Group - NTFS for Mac, communication channel between Mac OS X and Windows $20

    NTFS-3G for Mac OS X

    Although the drive may come with OSX drivers for NTFS
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    Kevriano ..
    louishen ...

    What i understand now is that since the new external HD is working i don't need any app.
    One more thing, is it possible to partition the NTFS external HD ?

    Thanks for the reply

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    NTFS mounter will let you read/write Loushen. I use it all the time.
    As for partitioning it, yes, but you will have to do it on a Windows machine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevriano;1318030...
    As for partitioning it, yes, but you will have to do it on a Windows machine.
    Which is one of the reasons I highly recommend Paragon's NTFS for Mac.
    You'll have access to Partitioning and formatting as NTFS from within Disk Utility.
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    Agreed that is useful. I use iPartition myself.
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    ^^^Another good utility for those that have a need for a better partitioning tool.
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    Thanks guys for all your comments .

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