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#1 Inept

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Posted 25 July 2010 - 03:36 PM

I've recently had a particularly bad run in with a virus that ended with a complete wipe being my only recourse. For greater insight into this week long head ache you can take a look at my previous thread here ---> http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/332767/malware-infection-unable-to-launch-anything-including-anti-virus-software/ ( you may need to scroll down a bit to my last posts for my current situation.)

What I need assistance with now is reformatting my windows XP formated external hard drive for FAT 32 on the Macintosh side of my boot camp equipped Imac.
Does anybody have any suggestions on procedures or programs (keep in mind they must work on a Mac operating system) that would help me achieve this. I'm totally in the dark here and would be grateful for assistance in any form.

Edited for clarity.....hopefully

Edited by hamluis, 25 July 2010 - 04:56 PM.
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Posted 25 July 2010 - 03:56 PM

you can read this article...
http://www.askdavetaylor.com/how_do_i_inst...oot_camp_1.html

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Posted 25 July 2010 - 03:57 PM

If I understand your question correctly, you want to format the XP partition installed via bootcamp on your IMac. If I understand you correctly then you should just be able to delete the bootcamp partition then recreate it and reinstall XP. You shouldn't need any special programs to do this.

Here's a link on how to remove the bootcamp partition: Remove bootcamp

Edited by strolln, 25 July 2010 - 03:59 PM.

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Posted 25 July 2010 - 04:20 PM

If I understand your question correctly, you want to format the XP partition installed via bootcamp on your IMac. If I understand you correctly then you should just be able to delete the bootcamp partition then recreate it and reinstall XP. You shouldn't need any special programs to do this.

Here's a link on how to remove the bootcamp partition: Remove bootcamp

Your quite a bit off the mark, but I suppose that's my fault for not specifying that it is an EXTERNAL hard drive I'm looking to reformat. This is for the backing up, I'm not referring to the computer it's self.

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Posted 25 July 2010 - 04:29 PM

and what OS that you use right now??? do that OS still will working???

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Posted 25 July 2010 - 04:48 PM

Forgive me, but I don't entirely understand your english. If your asking what operating system I run on the macintosh side of the partition it's 10.5.8 I believe.

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Posted 25 July 2010 - 04:57 PM

sorry...
if you use macintosh...than I cant give more advise again...
I not good at all with macintosh...

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Posted 25 July 2010 - 09:27 PM

It's alright man thanks for taking an interest.

For the record I was told to post under the XP section but I apologize if I did something wrong.

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Posted 26 July 2010 - 07:22 AM

If I understand your question correctly, you want to format the XP partition installed via bootcamp on your IMac. If I understand you correctly then you should just be able to delete the bootcamp partition then recreate it and reinstall XP. You shouldn't need any special programs to do this.

Here's a link on how to remove the bootcamp partition: Remove bootcamp

Your quite a bit off the mark, but I suppose that's my fault for not specifying that it is an EXTERNAL hard drive I'm looking to reformat. This is for the backing up, I'm not referring to the computer it's self.


OK, I think I understand now. You want to reformat an external HDD to use as a backup drive for your Mac. You can use the Disk Utility in OS X to do that. Here's a link that might help: Formatting & Partitioning
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Posted 26 July 2010 - 02:19 PM

Looks like a good tutorial, but from reading it the base example seemed to be reformatting an external hard drive already set for FAT-32. Do you know if Disk Utility will allow me to do the reverse?

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Posted 26 July 2010 - 09:19 PM

Am I correct in guessing that you want to format the drive as FAT 32 with the Mac?

Formatting a disk for Windows computers
You can use Disk Utility to format a disk for Windows computers.

NOTICE:Formatting a disk erases its files. Copy files you want to save to another disk before formatting the disk.
To format a disk for Windows computers:

In Disk Utility, select the disk you want to format for Windows computers.

Click Erase, and choose MS-DOS (FAT) from the Format pop-up menu.

Type a name for the disk.

The names maximum length is 11 characters.

Click the Erase button, and then click Erase again.

You can also partition a disk using the Master Boot Record partition scheme, which is compatible with Windows.




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