2 partitions on external drive, for windows and osx ?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by XPcentric, Dec 10, 2010.

  1. XPcentric macrumors 6502

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    Is it possible to use an external hard drive (WD Passport) for both osx and windows ?

    I read WD Passport has some sort of software built in, and the partition for mac and windows differs.

    Regards!
     
  2. andrewsd macrumors 6502

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    I think it should work. I don't have that particular external drive but at one point mine was partitioned for both.. I would also try a quick google search. Hope some one can help you a lot more then I. Maybe even call there customer service. The manual may say but I doubt it.
     
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Yes, you can partition for OS X and Windows, or just use a file format that both can use. You don't ever have to use any software that comes pre-installed on any HD. You can always partition and/or format any drive however you choose.
     
  4. dime21 macrumors 6502

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    Why bother with partitions? Just use FAT32 or ExFAT and then both can read/write to it.
     
  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    exFAT has limitations and will only work with Mac OS X 10.6.5 or later and only with certain versions of Windows.

    NTFS is a better choice for compatibility between Mac and Windows.

    FAT32 (File Allocation Table)
    • Read/Write FAT32 from both native Windows and native Mac OS X.
    • Maximum file size: 4GB.
    • Maximum volume size: 2TB
    NTFS (Windows NT File System)
    • Read/Write NTFS from native Windows.
    • Read only NTFS from native Mac OS X
    • To Read/Write/Format NTFS from Mac OS X: Install NTFS-3G for Mac OS X (free)
    • Some have reported problems using Tuxera (approx 33USD).
    • Native NTFS support can be enabled in Snow Leopard, but is not advisable, due to instability.
    • Maximum file size: 16 TB
    • Maximum volume size: 256TB
    HFS+ (Hierarchical File System, a.k.a. Mac OS Extended)
    • Read/Write HFS+ from native Mac OS X
    • Required for Time Machine or Carbon Copy Cloner backups of Mac internal hard drive.
    • To Read/Write HFS+ from Windows, Install MacDrive
    • To Read HFS+ (but not Write) from Windows, Install HFSExplorer
    • Maximum file size: 8EiB
    • Maximum volume size: 8EiB
    exFAT (FAT64)
    • Supported in Mac OS X only in 10.6.5 or later.
    • exFAT partitions created with OS X 10.6.5 are inaccessible from Windows 7
    • Not all Windows versions support exFAT. See disadvantages.
    • exFAT (Extended File Allocation Table)
    • Maximum file size: 16 EiB
    • Maximum volume size: 64 ZiB
     
  6. wirelessmacuser macrumors 68000

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    I concur.

    Kudos for you're excellent post. I'm sure this will be very helpful to many.

    Cheers... :)
     

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