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Newbie ?: Do I reformat my FAT32 External HD to Mac OS Extended (Journalized)


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Hi All! A few days ago, I decided to take the plunge into the Mac world and ditched my dying PC for my very first Mac!!! Weeeeeee! So now for my question:

I have a WD external HD that was formatted for my PC in FAT32. I did a a good bit of reading before I got my iMac and I know that a lot of places suggested that I copy ALL of the info from my external HD to my iMac, reformat the external HD to max os extended and then copy all of my info back onto my newly formatted HD. In your opinions, is this a good move OR do I just keep my WD external HD in the FAT32 format? My exernal HD consists of pictures, music, my entire iTunes library and documents/spreadsheets. I did get Office for Mac so I can still use all of my docs from my PC. Any help or advice would be great.

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I think you pretty much just laid it all out for yourself. Move the files to the mac, reformat the drive to Extended and then move all of the files back.


How big is the hard drive? Depending on the sizes, I might suggest using the external hard drive as a Time Machine for your Mac.

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ThePope,

I know how to do it, but I just wanted to make sure this is the best thing to do. My external HD is 1TB, but only has a LIL under 400GB on it. I also have another WD external that is 320GB, but that sucker is full.

I saw the time machine thing that keeps popping up, but wasn't sure if it is something I need to do. I guess if I don't use time machine, I'm playing with fire.

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Either Time Machine or cloning with SuperDuper or Carbon Copy Cloner for sure. Just do a Google for them and how they backup on a weekly basis or whatever you determine.

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Thanks all!

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I have a WD 250GB External HD that I bought when I made the switch, formatted to FAT32 and I never bothered to reformat it. It still works fine with no issues. but that maybe because of my usage.

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Formatting it is optional. It depends on whether you intend to use it to store very large files as FAT-32 will not support a file size over 4 GB. If you never intend to use it that way, leave it alone. Copying files to your new Mac's internal drive and then back again might be OK if you don't have much to copy. The more you have to copy back and forth the more you open yourself to file corruption and errors.

Your Mac will read and write to FAT-32 just fine. And, you can still use it with your PC.
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i would suggest u keep it it FAT32 if you don't have files over 4GB
or maybe use ex-fat, more compatibility with windows
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or maybe use ex-fat, more compatibility with windows
Not sure the OP was looking for more compatibility with windows though . . .. .

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As far as I remember you can't use the FAT format to store video files used for iMovie. Although I may be remembering incorrectly.

I seem to remember when I copied all my footage from my internal HDD I had to reformat my external from FAT.

Sucks to find out later that you need to change from FAT when you don't have enough room to move the files over to another drive while reformatting.

EDIT: I also just read this about Time Machine
"Time Machine can’t back up to an external disk that's connected to an AirPort Extreme, or to an iPod, iDisk, or a disk formatted for Microsoft Windows (NTFS or FAT format)."
So, if you want to use Time Machine format it.
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As far as I remember you can't use the FAT format to store video files used for iMovie. Although I may be remembering incorrectly.
As long as the video files do not exceed 4 GB, they'll store just fine on a FAT-32 drive.
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