Forum Question: Reformatting a Harddrive

Gary my buddy would like me to format a drive he bought that is formatted in NTFS. I have formatted thumbdrives to HFS+ that come FAT32 with Disk Utility but will the mac see that NTFS drive to format as a FAT32?
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Michael

Comments: 6 Responses to “Reformatting a Harddrive”

    2/6/11 @ 3:47 pm

    Disk Utility will see the drive, yes. Format it as FAT32 to use with Mac and Windows. Format it as Apple Extended to use only on Mac.

    Michael
    2/6/11 @ 6:50 pm

    One other thing Gary. When I finish formatting it. I will be moving about 500GB of data over from one of my Harddrives. I know of course I can copy from finder but can’t I do a sorta carbon copy from Disk Utility? I think its called restore from another drive to another?

    Michael
    2/6/11 @ 7:07 pm

    And is it faster this way? That is the reason I am asking about this option. Thanks

      2/6/11 @ 10:10 pm

      It should be the same speed as the same amount of data is being transferred. But just copying files gives you more control.

    Michael
    2/6/11 @ 10:21 pm

    Yea I figured it would be same speed, but last time I did a big copy like that, the Finder became very sluggish and for good reason I suppose. I was just wondering if the Disk Utility copy would take less resources off of finder.

    Michael
    2/6/11 @ 10:21 pm

    Of course I will try it to find out:)

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