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    Default Partition problems?

    Hello, I have a small question on partitioning a Seagate 1Tb external hard drive.

    I need it to get about 200 Gig of stuff off my friend's old Packard Bell Vista and onto his brand new Mac. The Seagate has about 70Gig already on it, from his Mac and I'd prefer it say where it is so, my solution was to have go at trying to build an NTFS on half of the Seagate and have him get an Apple NTFS reader on his new machine. Having tried to do this with expert partitioner I'm told I'm not allowed.

    I've tried to look for the Seagate in Windows and unless I'm using it wrong (it's in French) I can't see it in Window's disk management.
    The Mac, of course, can see it fine but so far I haven't found a way to write NTFS with a Mac. Perhaps there is one, I will be looking into that...

    Toshiba laptop, opensuse 12.3.


    Thanks for any help or pointers anyone may have I'm open to suggestions!

    cata

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    For OS X, works for Mavericks and Yosemite:
    http://learnaholic.me/2013/11/11/ena...s-x-mavericks/

    Comes with a word of warning, OS X does not contain NTFS repair tools so you must "safely eject" the device in Windows instead of just yanking it out or the NTFS drive will be marked dirty and won't be writable on OS X - may even refuse to mount it.

    On Windows, plug in the drive and open a terminal, then do this;
    diskpart
    list disk

    If it shows the disk, do this;
    select disk X
    assign letter=z

    X being the number of the Seagate drive naturally. It should now show up as drive Z: on Windows.
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    On 2014-12-04 16:36, catawampous wrote:

    > him get an Apple NTFS reader on his new machine. Having tried to do this
    > with expert partitioner I'm told I'm not allowed.


    You can with gparted, I believe.


    Another way to copy files is via network. Surely that apple box has ftp
    clients, or ssh, or samba, or something which you can use to copy files
    from any other thing - assuming I got it right, that you are copying
    files to the apple machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robin_listas View Post
    On 2014-12-04 16:36, catawampous wrote:

    > him get an Apple NTFS reader on his new machine. Having tried to do this
    > with expert partitioner I'm told I'm not allowed.


    You can with gparted, I believe.


    Another way to copy files is via network. Surely that apple box has ftp
    clients, or ssh, or samba, or something which you can use to copy files
    from any other thing - assuming I got it right, that you are copying
    files to the apple machine.

    --
    Cheers / Saludos,

    Carlos E. R.
    (from 13.1 x86_64 "Bottle" at Telcontar)
    Sure, yes but I need to go and get the details off his Mac and one he's a moron with tech and two he's miles away. Three he's French. But anyway, yes, you got it right and I probably should do it that way once I have the opportunity.

    Gparted? Will explore this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miuku View Post
    For OS X, works for Mavericks and Yosemite:
    http://learnaholic.me/2013/11/11/ena...s-x-mavericks/

    Comes with a word of warning, OS X does not contain NTFS repair tools so you must "safely eject" the device in Windows instead of just yanking it out or the NTFS drive will be marked dirty and won't be writable on OS X - may even refuse to mount it.

    On Windows, plug in the drive and open a terminal, then do this;
    diskpart
    list disk

    If it shows the disk, do this;
    select disk X
    assign letter=z

    X being the number of the Seagate drive naturally. It should now show up as drive Z: on Windows.
    I have a Mac that I will attempt this upon. It should be easy enough to un-mount the thing after, and without yanking any cables. Will let you know how it gets along!

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by robin_listas View Post
    On 2014-12-04 16:36, catawampous wrote:

    > him get an Apple NTFS reader on his new machine. Having tried to do this
    > with expert partitioner I'm told I'm not allowed.


    You can with gparted, I believe.
    Yes, you can. I have done that a few times. Unless, the already-existing partition structure is such that he needs to first make some other partition-table adjustments.

    Or, Partition Magic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Miuku View Post

    If it shows the disk, do this;
    select disk X
    assign letter=z

    X being the number of the Seagate drive naturally. It should now show up as drive Z: on Windows.
    Okay I have gotten this far. The disk indeed does show on the table after select disk X but the 'assign letter=z' process fails to recognise it with;

    "No volume is specified" (in French) Don't you just love Windows? Will try the Mac next

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fraser_Bell View Post
    Or, Partition Magic.
    Will try partition magic.

    Gparted seems to have fumbled the HFS+... even though it can see it and knows what it is, I don't seem able to resize the existing HFS+ on the Seagate. Plus a little hazard icon and claims of failure due to specious reasons. None the less, downloaded the suggested add on 'hfsprogs' only to see it download into my Games folder.

    Thanks Fraser

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    Success!

    paragon-drivers.com/hfs-windows/ is free for a ten day trial and after a simple Windows installation the Mac written HFS+ Seagate popped up in File Manager and had no trouble writing to the disc. Job Done.

    Thanks to you all as always for your help and support, shame I couldn't (actually) do it myself and had to outsource, but hey, maybe there's a cute HFS+ copy for Linux out there somewhere!


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