OS X V10.7 Lion :: Partitioning An External 500 GB USB HDD (NTFS) In Two Partitions?

Jun 16, 2012

I realized Mac OS X 10.7.4 will only read NTFS partitions (can't write to it). I could install a third party driver or use FAT32. I decided to split the external Seagate HDD into two partitions (NTFS and Mac OS Extended FS).  

I went to Mac OS X's Disk Utility, but there was no way to partition the current single 500 GB NTFS partition with my existing data. It seems like I have to erase it with my data, and then partition into two. Is that how it supposed to work? This was on a new Mac Mini with all updates.

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Windows On Mac :: Partitioning External Drive For Backup (NTFS File System)

Aug 20, 2010

Awhile back I bought a 500 GB Seagate FreeAgent Go external hard drive to backup my 218 GB PC. I used the automatic backup software that came with it and it works fine. After all this I purchased a MacBook Pro and now, instead of buying another drive and also considering there's plenty of space on the one I already have, I was wondering if I could possibly partition half the drive to be used as a backup with Time Machine without touching the other half. I plugged in the drive to my Mac and opened Disk Utility. It says it is a NTFS file system (I suppose that's normal).

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OS X :: Partitioning For HFS On An NTFS File System?

Jan 4, 2009

I am running windows XP with a 160 GB hardrive. i have 90 GB free and i would like to partition some of that free space to an HFS+ format so that i can install Mac OSX. However i would like to keep all of the files and stuff i have on my windows XP. does anybody know what i can do to do this?

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Sep 14, 2010

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Dec 30, 2008

I have a 1TB drive thats NTFS formatted and containing files. How can i make another partition so i can format it HFS+ but without deleting my already stored files?

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OS X :: Mac Not Seeing All Partitions On NTFS Firewire Drive

Dec 27, 2010

I've had my MBP since August of this year, but only recently connected an NTFS drive via Firewire for the first time. I am primarily going to be moving the data from the NTFS drive onto an HFS drive. My only issue is that my MBP is only recognizing one out of two partitions on the NTFS drive (The "first" partition. If I connect back to my Windows PC, everything is recognized fine. I've since moved the data that I want to transfer from Partition 2 to Partition 1 and I'm able to access it correctly, however I'm confused as to why this is happening (still fairly new to Macs).

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Windows On Mac :: Boot Camp And Multiple Ntfs Partitions?

Apr 23, 2008

been trying to set up something like this under bootcamp butgetting nowhere. even lost half of my mac hd in the process.support couldn't get disk utility to recover it. finally got itback with a linux live disk called 'parted magic.' that allowedme to delete the ntfs partitions and leave them as free space. once i'd done that disk utility could then resize the mac hdpartition to the whole disk and i was able to start over.can a partition scheme as i've described above be done on a mac?

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Formatting And Partitioning An External Disk Drive?

Apr 1, 2012

how to properly format and partition an ext drive using Disk Utility. I will be making a clone using CCC.

iMac (21.5-inch Mid 2011), Mac OS X (10.7.3)

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: How To Write To NTFS External Drive

May 22, 2012

I want to be able to write to an NTFS-formatted external drive from a Mac (I do not want to create an NTFS partition on my internal drive).  I know about the Paragon NTFS For Mac product, but it doesn't get great reviews on CNET or Amazon. 

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Finder Cannot See My External Hard Disk Formatted As FAT32 And NTFS

Apr 14, 2012

I have two external hard disks, one formatted as FAT32 and another formatted as NTFS.Both cannot be seen in Finder when plug in. Only another one formatted MAC OS extended can.how to dispay my drive in the Finder (I don't want to reformat it as I have lot of contents and need to be read in my window computer.)Im running Mac OS 10.7.3 on my iMAC

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OS X :: Partitioning External HD After First Use?

Nov 9, 2010

I'd like to partition my external HD into two parts: one for Time Machine and one for storing photos and other files so I can free up some space on my internal HD.

I've been using it out of the box for Time Machine for about a month now. I'm just wondering if I can partition it as it is with the backups on it already or do I have to wipe it clean, partition it, then start over with Time Machine? I would just like a 200 GB partition for Time Machine and the rest for storing data.

Also, Disk Utility is a little confusing. It has my external HD in there and then there is a "sub drive" (not sure the technical name.. sorry) under that? That's just drive that Time Machine made more or less? And every time I partition it, there will be a "sub drive" for each partition?

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OS X :: Partitioning Existing External HD?

Jan 9, 2010

I have a 250 GB external I've been using for Time Machine since late 2007. I happened to check it today and it was nearly full~so I'm in that process of deleting some of the older data (that process is taking forever).

I would like to partition this external and use some space for iPhoto since my main HD is getting full. Is this a fool's mission? I can understand if I started from scratch but with a nearly full one is it possible?

I do have backup off site (Carbonite)~~maybe it would be easier to erase the external and start fresh?

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OS X :: Partitioning An External Drive Without Erasing

Nov 3, 2007

In the effort to use Time Machine, I want to partition my external drive. I have 500 gig external, and would like to have one partition of 480 and one around 20. This way, Time Machine will only back up onto the smaller partition, not endlessly backing up until all 500 gigs are used. The reason I need to partition without erasing is my 170 gig iTunes library. Its too large to transfer to my internal HD, and I have no other drive to store it on.

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Intel Mac :: Formatting And Partitioning External HDD

Mar 11, 2012

Still new to iMAC (1TB). I have an external HDD 1.5TB and initiated TimeMachine (seems easy and fit for purpose) to keep a backup of everything on the iMAC. The iMAC did not come with an installation disc - apparently I would need to download the OS again should it fail or corrupt - unfortunately I have a VERY slow net connection - is there any way of backing it up to the external HDD to avoid having to download?

I believe I can purchase a copy of Lion in a flash drive - but I have already paid for Lion when I bought the machine? Would cloning sort this issue? If so - should I put the clone (Using something like CCC) in a separate partition? Have come across Recovery Agent - does it need to go in a separate partition? Finally - for now (!!) if I have to create any new partitions on the external HDD will it erase existing files, meaning I have to restart Time Machine?

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OS X :: Possible To Move Data From NTFS External HDD To Mac External HDD?

Aug 15, 2010

i just bought myself a shiny Western Digital My Passport Studio Portable, pre-formatted to use Mac file types.Its all working fine with my Macbook Pro, via firewire 800, the only issue I have is getting the 550gb of files I currently have on an old NTFS external drive to the new WD passport?Any advice on the best way? Or any way at all?

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Hardware :: Partitioning External HD For Time Machine

Nov 10, 2010

I purchased a Seagate 500GB external drive for my father to use for Time Machine backups. I can't find anything conclusive on whether I need to monkey around with the partitions in disk utility, or just send him home with it and let him say "yes" when he plugs it in and OS X asks if he wants to use it with Time Machine.

Apple's knowledge base has an article that makes a passing statement that "GUID Partition Table (GPT) or Apple Partition Map (APM)" is recommended- but it pretty much stops there. Should I do something to this drive before giving it to him to take home, or shouldn't I? I mean, either it is compatible as-is, or it isn't, right?

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Mac Pro :: Mirroring 3 HDs With 5 Partitions Onto One External?

Feb 25, 2008

I have three Hard Drives installed in my Mac Pro. The original one and two aftermarket. They total around 850 GiB. I have them divvied up into 5 partitions. If I wanted to Mirror them onto ONE external 1TiB Drive, what are my options? Is it a backup only type of thing, or are there options to do a real time mirror like RAID-1?

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OS X :: 1 External 500GB Drive - 2 Partitions (MAC/PC)?

Apr 7, 2009

I want to share one external drive with both my PC and Mac. I do not want to share the data. I want to use the PC partition to backup my Vista OS and want to use the Mac partition to backup my Mac OS. what is the best way to configure this?

I had created an NTFS partition using my Vista machine, but when I plugged in the external drive into my Mac and tried to create a Mac OS Extended partition, I lost my NTFS partion.

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Software :: Partitioning An External Hard Drive Already Being Used By Time Machine?

Nov 22, 2010

I've got a 500 GB HD in my Intel iMac. I've got a a 500 GB external HD that Time Machine keeps maxed out. I want to partition the external HD to make room for my iTunes music file. I know that partitioning will erase everything. Questions: 1.

When I start up Time Machine after partitioning, will it do a full back up? 2. How do I move my iTunes music file to the external HD? 3. After I move it, will it still behave the same? Any other tips about what I'm wanting to accomplish will be appreciated.

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MacBook :: 2 Partitions On External Drive/for Windows And Osx?

Dec 10, 2010

Is it possible to use an external hard drive (WD Passport) for both osx and windows ?

I read WD Passport has some sort of software built in, and the partition for mac and windows differs.

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OS X :: Cannot Mount External RAID - Partitions Locked

May 25, 2009

I'm having a problem with my external RAID that I use between my G4 Laptop (10.5.x) and G4 tower (10.4.x). I downgraded the G4 laptop to 10.4.x so I can run Classic (kids educational software), and gain some speed. I backed everything up to my external RAID (two HD's RAID together). The downgrade install onto the laptop went perfectly. I went to restore some files from the RAID backup, and I got this error when trying to mount the external RAID: "the disk you inserted is not readable by this computer".

I just ignored the error and did not touch the RAID. I then re-connected the RAID to my G4 tower that had previously mounted successfully, and same error: "the disk you inserted is not readable by this computer". This time I started Disk Utility, and it sees the RAID and it's volume set, but it is "Locked" (see attached pics). I think I need to first mount it to change any "access control list" or permissions, but I can't figure out how to mount, and then change permissions/ACL.

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OS X :: Why Doesn't Finder Show All Partitions Of External Hdd

Mar 14, 2010

I've used Seagate FreeAgent Pro 500 Gb. It has been divided into 2 partitions. one is used for time machine, another is used for keeping my important data. I think that the Finder should show both partitions on the left, but it shows only Time machine .

I regularly run software update. As I can remember, it has ever shown two partitions. I don't know whether this is related to software updating or not. If it is 'yes', how can I solve it?

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OS X Mavericks :: External Drive Partitions Inside Themselves?

Dec 1, 2014

I use a 250GB external HD for most of my working files. It has five equal partitions. In one of the partitions--Cedar Mill (see attached images) --another partition (CM News) shows up in Finder. Inside CM News is another copy of itself ad infinitum... 

I am reluctant to delete them without knowing what I'm doing. How they got this way. 

I haven't noticed any particular problems, except possibly slow search times for opening/finding files... 

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OS X :: Changing Partitions - Time Machine Will Be Reinstall If I Change My Partitions?

Mar 7, 2010

I have an iMac 2.4ghz with a 320g hd, that I partitioned 50/270 when I installed Leopard. I read somewhere to have the opp system partitioned and I have been kicking myself in the rear ever since. Too many apps and files want to run next to the opp system, so I'm starting over.I used time machine for a backup of the system (both partitions are showing) on my 1 TB iomega external hard drive (minimax). I partitioned the external 500/500, time machine/additional storage.So that is what I'm working with, now for the question:With my backup complete, if I do a clean install to the internal hard drive (320g) in order to remove the 50g opp/sys partition and just have one 320g internal hd; will my time machine be able to restore to a clean 320 without having the 50/270gig partition setup? If so will this be a somewhat simple process?

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Hardware :: Using External Hard Drive Partitions And Formats?

Jan 27, 2009

I've just ordered a Seagate 500gb portable hard drive. I want it for backing up my 250gb Macbook, storing films and also for exchanging files between computers (Mac and Windows).

After reading various posts on the forums I'm planning on making 3 partitions:

1) 300gb for time machine backup. Mac OS X Extended (Is this the same format as HFS+ just a different name?)

2) 15gb for exchanging files. FAT32

3) The remainder for storing films. Mac OS X Extended.

Have i got these formats correct and are they suitable?

Also, i read that FAT32 is fragile and data can get wiped off it. If this did happen to the FAT32 partition, would it jsut affect that partition or could it damage data in all the partitions?

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OS X :: External Hard Drive/Partitions/Time Machine

Jan 11, 2010

I have still another EHD/TM question and I can't quite figure out where to ask for the help I need.
I have a Mac Pro OS 10.5.8 with 2 internal drives and a large EHD that I was using solely for Time Machine Back Up. After a recent conversation with tech support at Apple, I've decided that I should have still one more full copy of stuff that is critical to me--my original photographs. I currently only have the backup copy on TM.

So, I want to take my large LaCie EHD and partition it. I want to store things as follows:
1. Internal HD #1-primary HD containing all data except original photos
2. Internal HD #2-HD that contains nothing but original photos
3. EHD (LaCie):
a. Partition #1: Second copy of original photos
b. Partition #2: Time Machine back up of HD #1 and HD #2.

It seems as if it is easy enough to do the partition but I'm wondering if there is a way to get my original photos to go into both HD #2 and Partition #1 of the EHD at the same time that I import them via a card reader.

If not, I'm wondering how I can set this up so that I don't have to remember to copy the photos from HD #2 to the EHD. Do I have to use another back up program? If so, any recommendations? Will using another program mess up Time Machine? What am I not thinking about?

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Windows On Mac :: Making Partitions On External Hard Drive?

Jun 8, 2010

How does one go about using an external HD for backing up on both Mac and Windows machines?

I would ideally like to use Time Machine on the mac side. I have a 1TB Western Digital. Plenty of space, because i dont have that much stuff to back up.

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MacBook Pro :: How To Rename External Hard Drive With Two Partitions

Jun 6, 2012

I have an external hard drive with 2 partitions: One for my video and music files (named jukebox) and another for time machine (named time machine). The external hard drive itself is a 1TB WD Elements. If I open up disk utility I can see the name "1TB WD Elements 1023" with 2 subpartitions as above named. Similarly when I plug it in to my playstation the drive is displayed as "USB WD Elements 1023". How do I change the name "1TB WD Elements 1023" to something else? I can find it in finder and I can seem to find any command to change it within disk utility. I really like to change it as I sometimes have another WD Elements drive plugged in to the playstation as well and they both have the same name which is confusing.

Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.4)

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OS X :: Converting 1TB External HDD From Ntfs To Fat?

Nov 29, 2010

Most of my data is stored on a 1TB drive that is currently formatted as ntfs. Do I need to convert this to fat (or fat32?) in order to use it on both machines in the future.

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OS X :: How To Write To NTFS External HDD

Jul 25, 2010

Is there a free software that I can download so that my Mac can write on my external NTFS drive? I've tried Tuxera NTFS but that has a 15 day trial. So what's my best option here?

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