Back up data to external PC drive?

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  1. okieman macrumors newbie

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    I'm helping someone upgrade from Mac OS X 10.4.11 to Snow Leopard. Her Mac meets the hardware requirements. However, all the articles I've read about this recommend backing up all the data. She doesn't have an external drive big enough to handle that. The only one I have available is a Western Digital My Book (2TB) formatted for a PC. Any way to back up her data to that drive?
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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  3. bmcgonag macrumors 65816

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    Put Crashplan on both systems (windows and mac), setup Mac to backup through crashplan across a local network to the external drive. (create a folder for her backup).

    Crashplan is free if you aren't using their cloud storage service.

    If you are a power user, you can do an "Rsync" in terminal from the mac to the PC, but be sure you specify the from and to locations correctly.

    You can mount the windows drive on the mac over the local network and just do a normal drag and drop copy, though the other methods above are more stable in general.

    If you go over the network in each direction, no need to re-format the drive.
     
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