How to Format HFS external drive to NTFS?

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I have a HFS (mac) formatted external Hard Drive.

I need to wipe it clean and format it to NTFS.

Anyone know where to start?

When I right click on it in Disk Management I don't have the option to delete the HFS partition.

Any suggestions would be appreciated
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One suggestion is to hook the external to a MAC and format the drive as FAT32 and then hook it up to Windows and convert it to NTFS.
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I don't have access to a Mac
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Where did the HFS formatted drive come from? Do you know anyone with a Mac?
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the HFS drive came from someone we contracted at work...I used HFS explorer to get what i needed off of it. Now that I have the data off I just assume format the drive to NTFS and use it as an external NTFS drive
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Unfortunately Windows does not recognize HFS. You can try some of the software listed here

http://www.macwindows.com/disks2.html
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Thanks grinch2171... I actually used your above link before when I was reading the data... I recommend HFS Explorer if you're looking for read only capabilities. That allowed me to mount the HFS drive as if it were NTFS...great lil app.

I ended up solving my own issue by partioning the HFS drive, and I got a lil egg on my face in the process.

All along I could right-click and partition the drive within Disk Management. But, I was reluctant to do so b/c I knew the drive to be 500 GB in size. Disk Management was only showing 465 GB available for partitioning. I wanted to get that last 35 GB (which I assumed was occupied by the previous HFS partition). So, I was looking to format that last 35 GB. My colleague smacked me on the back of the head and reminded me how 500000000000 bytes is really only 465 GB. Duh.

So I partitioned it to NTFS using Disk Management and moved on about my life.

Here's a good tutorial, for partitioning a drive, by Krypto. http://www.futureshopforums.ca/futureshop/board/message?board.id=software&thread.id=198
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Thanks again Grinch!

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