10-25-2012 11:57 PM
I've tried the following without the HFS4WIN driver installed or Seagate Tools etc., so it's not a software issue:
I've shrunk the HFS+ partition on the Backup Plus on the Mac, leaving the remainder as empty space or as a FAT32 partition. When I load it into Windows, the empty space or FAT32 partition are recognised correctly. However if I try to format that space to NTFS, either Explorer crashes within a few seconds (if I do it through the drive's context menu) or it sits at "Formatting..." forever (if I do it through Disk Management).
Is there a way to successfully make an NTFS partition on this drive? Is it a problem with the partition type (GPT versus MBR)?
10-26-2012 06:11 AM
Hmm, that's strange. I wouldn't have expected it.
Could you try this?
1) Connect the drive to the Mac.
2) use Disk Utility to clear off the space for the 2nd partition. So you'll have one HFS partition and the rest will be blank.
3) Take it back to the PC and try Disk Management again to format that space.
Try it without the HFS driver for now.
10-26-2012 06:16 AM
Thanks Alan, I'll give that a shot tonight. I'm also going to try to use the Mac's bootcamp tools to format that partition into NTFS if it doesn't work.