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    Oakleyvr
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    formatting HDD to be readable/writable by Windows and Mac
    Hi All,

    I was just wondering if this was possible. I have a 200GB external IDE drive that I want to partition into 2 partitions. 1 x NTFS and 1 x Mac. Is this possible to start and will if the mac be able to read the mac partition and windows based pc be able to read the NTFS partition? I am aware that filel transfer between these 2 partitions will not be possible but that is okay. i just dont want to have to buy another HDD.

    Cheers


    Oakley

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    Sure. Simply open Disk Utility, choose the hard disk you want to format and click "Partition". Choose your scheme and format one to Mac OS Extended (Journaled) and one to MS-DOS. Then hook it up to a PC, choose the FAT32 partition, right click it, and click "Format". Choose NTFS and wait a few minutes.

    That should do it.
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    Or if you are running XP you can do FAT32 and have both systems see the entire drive. Am i right?

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    Yes, but FAT32 has it's drawbacks. I can't use it because it won't allow files more than 4GB.
    I try to Command+Shift+/ when I can.
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