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Old 02-09-10, 06:08 AM
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External HDD - Format half FAT32, half NTFS?

I have a Freeagent GO hard drive. I like NTFS (larger filer), but the PS3 only reads FAT32. I'd like to use the drive to transfer bulk files (pictures, music, etc..) to the PS3 instead of relying on 2-4GB memory sticks and USB drives.

I don't want to commit to FAT32 completely, I just want a small chunk (50GB?) to be FAT32, and the rest to be NTFS. I see instructions on how to change a NTFS drive to FAT32, but not how to split it.

How do I do that?

And the bonus question - How do I do that (for free)?

I downloaded the Seagate Disc Manager, but am not sure if that program can do what I want?
Old 02-09-10, 11:00 AM
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Re: External HDD - Format half FAT32, half NTFS?

I use this little app: http://tokiwa.qee.jp/EN/Fat32Formatter/index.html. Use it to format whatever size you want (since Windows' built-in formatter limits you to 32GB). The rest of the space can then be formatted as NTFS with Windows' tool.

If there is already data on the drive, you should be able to shrink the NTFS partition in Disk Management, then use that FAT32 formatter.
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Re: External HDD - Format half FAT32, half NTFS?

there are tons of tools for playing with partitions.. partition magic, acronis, etc..
plenty to do what you want
if there isnt data on the ntfs partition, or you can copy the data off temporarily.. then the quickest and easiest way would just be to copy the data off.. use windows disk manager to create 2 partitions.. 1 being ntfs and the other fat32.. then copy your data back down..
this process is much faster, if there is no data to copy

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