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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.


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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 ..
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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 ?

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NTFS mounter will let you read/write Loushen. I use it all the time.
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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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^^^Another good utility for those that have a need for a better partitioning tool.

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