Have you ever been in this situation: you’re dual booting Leopard/Snow Leopard and Windows, and are currently booted to OS X. You download/create a file and now you want to copy it over to your Windows Partition. But, when you try to drag it over to your Windows Partition, you get an error! This can be extremely annoying and highly counter productive.
One way to remedy this is to make a shared partition and format it with FAT-32. This way, both Windows and OS X can copy data onto this partition. Unfortunately, the 4gb limit on individual files is a real deal killer. Wouldn’t it have been easier (and made more sense) to write directly to that original NTFS partition? Thanks to some fantastic Open source software, you can do just that!
First off, you should probably back up your computer as these programs mess with the filesystem. Check out our backup guide to learn how without using the dreaded Time Machine.
Now that your data is all backed up, we can get started. To not only add the ability to read and write to NTFS partitions, but also format them, you’re going to need two programs. Follow along with these 3 simple steps to ensure everything gets done right:
1. Boot into Leopard/Snow Leopard.
2. Download and install Macfuse. Restart your computer when prompted.
3. Download NTFS-3G and install that as well. Once again restart your computer.
Upon rebooting, the transformation should be complete. You will now be able to write to NTFS partitions, and the erase menu in Disk Utility will be updated to include a “Windows “NT Filesystem (NTFS-3G)” option.
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