Backup Question

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Casey01, Jun 26, 2011.

  1. Casey01 macrumors member

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    How would you use an external hard drive to backup from a windows laptop and Macintosh laptop?
    Would you have to partition it?
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Yes, that would work. Use Disk Utility to partition and format the drive. One partition would be NTFS, for Windows. The other would be HFS+, for Mac backups. Use Carbon Copy Cloner, SuperDuper! or Time Machine for Mac backups.

    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.
    • AirPort Extreme (802.11n) and Time Capsule do not support NTFS
    • 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
     
  3. Casey01 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thank you for the quick reply! :D

    Would this also work for a wireless external hard drive?
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    It should, assuming both the Windows and Mac systems had access.
     

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