Backing up Mac OS X and Windows XP files on the same drive

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  1. debrg macrumors newbie

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    HI, thanks in advance for any assistance. I just bought an Iomega Black Series triple interface HD. I want to backup my Mac to it using SuperDuper. I also have a PC sitting around for when I buy an Intel Mac. I would also like to back up files from it to the HD. Will this work or will the formatting for each system not be compatible. Can I partition the drive so I can do this? I have 400G and don't need too much for the windows files. If I can partition, what program would you recommend?
    It looks like Iomega says you have to format the HD right off with a Mac format and they don't recommend partitioning. Any opinions?
    Many thanks!
    Debbie
     
  2. plinden macrumors 68040

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    I've never come across a HD manufacturer that recommends you don't partition the drive. I would stay away from a HD if I came across that recommendation.

    Anyway, most external hard drives are easily formatted. I have a 500GB drive that I've split into three. One is a Mac HFS+ partition sized 20GB. I installed OS X on that to have a spare install, and to test out OS X updates before applying them to my main disk. This also came in useful when my wife's MacBook's HD failed.

    The other two partitions are a large 450GB HFS+ for Mac backups and the rest is FAT32 for access from my Parallels XP install, and in case I ever decide bring my work laptop home again.

    I used Disk Utility.
     
  3. debrg thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Backing up dual OS'es on the same external hard drive

    Thank you! I forgot about disk utility! Didn't make sense to me that you would be advised not to partition. I read that on another forum. Plus the drive is Win/Mac compatible...
    Debbie
     
  4. GraceMolloy macrumors regular

    GraceMolloy

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    I went HFSJ and installed MacDrive. The combo works great.
     

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