Need help with an external HD

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  1. TaylorB macrumors regular

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    Hello everyone, first of all thanks for helping me or contributing to this thread. I recently bought a Maxtor One Touch external harddrive. Its 100GB and I am having a hard time figuring out what and how I am going to partition it and use it. I want to eventually get bootcamp on my Mac. But I don't know how to partition it correctly so that my MBP can read and write on it and so that the windows side of my MBP can read and write on it. I would just like to know how you guys would suggest that I go about doing this. Thank you for all of your help! :)

    edit: I also want it so I can hook it up to my windows machine and be able to easily use things that are on my PC to my Mac. Thanks again.
     
  2. gr8tfly macrumors 603

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    FAT32 is the way to go. Both the Mac and Windows will read and write to it. You should be able to leave it as a single partition, if you like.
     
  3. TaylorB thread starter macrumors regular

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    Okay, I heard from someone that Windows with the FAT32 thing is very difficult. He said something about not being able to have long file names and it was like windows 95 all over again. Do you think that will be a problem for like Steam games or anything like that?
     
  4. Temujin macrumors 6502a

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    Don't go with FAT32, it will only support file-sizes up to around 4 Gb.

    MacDrive will do the trick. Install the thing on your MBP XP partition or any other XP system, and you will be able to read and write from and to any Mac formatted drive.

    Installed on your MBP XP partition it will enable you to see and use the Mac partition on the MBP.

    I use it with my MBP and my external drive on a daily basis and love it.
     
  5. TaylorB thread starter macrumors regular

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    Okay, thank you. What would you suggest I format the mac side to then?
     
  6. Temujin macrumors 6502a

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    I think it's called "Mac Journaled", just the standard Mac format.


    EDIT.
    External: Mac Journaled
    MBP: Macs side = Mac Journaled, XP side = NTFS

    This :rolleyes: is how I would do it
     
  7. TaylorB thread starter macrumors regular

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    Okay, thanks so much. I appreciate it. :)
     
  8. Temujin macrumors 6502a

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    Happy to help :)
     

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