derFunkenstein wrote:OS X can read NTFS, and if you get the NTFS-3g driver, it can also write to NTFS (though write performance sucks compared to Windows, and without the driver it reads much faster).
You're right that Time Machine needs an HFS+ partition.
derFunkenstein wrote:That's dangerous : you're really going to suggest allowing a disk partitioning software to play with the drive without a backup? If you have a backup, you might as well blow away the partitions right and let Disk Utility do whatever formatting you need after the fact, and then restore your backup. If the data is important to you, copy it to the internal drive, re-partition, and copy it back.
I wouldn't do this in any environment, irrespective of the OS, if the data is important to you.
Usacomp2k3 wrote:What I would do is this:
1a: If you aren't going to have individual files larger than 4gb, then format half the drive fat32.
1b: If you are, then format half ntfs
2: when you get the mac, format the remaining half to HFS+ and copy the data from the first half
3: Delete the half created in step 1 and expand the HFS to the whole disk.
But that's just me. Do you need all 1TB of space right now, or is 500GB enough for the migration?
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