External HD able to use PC/USB and Mac/FW SIMULTANEOUSLY?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by belfast-biker, Feb 17, 2007.

  1. belfast-biker macrumors member

    Jun 24, 2006
    Hi, I want o get a MyBook external HD with both FW and USB2 conections, mainly for backup and TV programme storage. I want to backup from the Mac using FW, and from the PC using USB2. I don't mind the drive having separate partitions for Mac and PC. (Tried a search here, but no definite answer could I find.)

    1. Can I leave it plugged in to both machines?

    2. Will it give me simultanous access?

    3. What about simultaneous writes?

    Many thanks for your help!
  2. Faraday macrumors member

    Mar 25, 2004
    Melbourne Australia
    No, No and No

    You can only use one port at a time - ether Firewire, or USB.

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