Hard Drive for Both of them?

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  1. inkster218 macrumors newbie

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    Anyone got an opinion on what External drive to buy to connect to a networked PC desktop and a PB17" laptop so I can store everythign on it?

    I think mostly as a backup...but maybe even as a network drive to use frequently throughout the day.

    Thoughts?

    Thanks!
     
  2. inkster218 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Also....

    I would like a large drive that I can carry with me as hook up to my PB when I travel.
     
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  4. Brother Michael macrumors 6502a

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    I am in the same situation with my iBook and my PC. I was thinking about getting something like a 200gig Western Digital Caviar drive and then getting a Firewire enclosure

    200gig Caviar HDD

    Firewire Enclosure

    I plan on doing this as soon as I get a job at school.

    Mike
     
  5. inkster218 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks...anyone else who has done this already have any advice?
     
  6. LifeIsCheap macrumors regular

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    Just done it!

    I've just gone through exactly this scenario trying to get a Firewire/USB2 drive working between my Toshiba Satellite 5200 laptop and my G4 iBook. It was a pain but I got it working in the end.

    To answer your question, I bought a Seagate 200Gb hard drive and a generic external case (Oxford 911 chipset) and it works just fine. To go a bit further and let you know the pain that you may encounter trying to get it running on both, here is what you'll have to consider. (I'm not a big techie so this was me learning on the fly from forums such as these and a fair bit of Yahoo and Goggling).

    Putting the drive in the case was the easy part. Trying to get the thing formatted was a pain. If you want to read and write to the drive using no more software than the standard OS then you need to format the drive to be FAT32. XP won't let you create and format a single partition of 200Gb so you need to be sneaky.

    OSX won't format the drive to FAT32 (well, I couldn't find the option) so you need to do it from windows. XP wo't let you do a partition larger than 32gb or thereabouts so you need to download a Windows 98 boot disk (www.bootdisks.com or something like that I seem to remember) and also a newer version of fdisk that can handle large drives (another search should find that quick enough).

    Using a boot disk on my laptop meant that I didn't have USB drivers loaded (and I didn't know how to find them) so I ended up having to take the drive out of the case and hook it up to a regular desktop PC. To do this though, you need to use a newish PC otherwise the drive won't be recognised above 135gb.

    So, in short for a drive that can be used on either PC or Mac:

    Download Win98 boot disk
    Download new version of Fdisk and save on boot disk
    Plug hard disk straight into PC that can recognise BIG HDs
    Fdisk to create a single large partition
    Format partition with FAT32
    Remove HD and put in case
    Plug into Mac/PC and give it a go.

    Enjoy!
     
  7. inkster218 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you!!!!

    The grunt at apple told me it was a breeze and he does it everyday...I wonder. Thank you for your time, you saved me some work man!
     
  8. Brother Michael macrumors 6502a

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    If you get a Western Digital Drive, you can get software with it to format the drive.

    Mike
     
  9. superbovine macrumors 68030

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    you can do all that from terminal.

    i made a 200 GB fat32 partioned firewire/usb 2.0 bytecc me-740 external encloser which supports up to a 300 GB partion.


    http://macosxhints.com/article.php?story=20030613121738812

    The instruction are not exactly what you need, but you can figure it from there. typing 'man diskutil' will give you the help file.
     
  10. LifeIsCheap macrumors regular

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    But would it be as much fun???! ;)
     
  11. superbovine macrumors 68030

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    only if you enjoy wasting time
     

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