External Hard Drives..... help me please

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by gavsim, Mar 6, 2004.

  1. gavsim macrumors newbie

    Mar 2, 2004
    Hi Guys,

    After a bit of help, my boss is buying me an eMac for Home and I would like to buy an external hard drive for it but I would like the drive to be able to be read from both Mac and PC's so I can back up my Girlfriends/Parents and my machine to one drive.

    How can I do this? Im looking at a Maxtor 250gb, if I format the drive as NTFS will MacOSX (Panther) pick the drive up and be able to read and write to it? I am pretty sure it can read and write to Fat32... but doesn't Fat32 have a partition limit size?

    Any help greatly appreciated :)


  2. JDar macrumors 6502a


    Dec 7, 2003
    I think the La Cie drives can handle this dual format that you wish--I can't lay my hands on their doc's at the moment but you can check out their web site. As I recall the drive came formatted so that either a Mac or Pc could use it right away.

    My LaCie has worked beautifully on an iMac and their free Silverkeeper backup software gives a bootable backup and runs rapidly.
  3. gavsim thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 2, 2004
    Cheers JDar,

    I did a little bit of researching and found this: http://forums.macrumors.com/archive/topic/59099-1.html

    you can have the drive go between each system, so long as the drive is Fat32. Looks like I will be buying a Lacie D2.


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