Can I have a Mac and a Windows partition on the same hard drive?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by desertman, Aug 25, 2014.

  1. desertman, Aug 25, 2014
    Last edited: Aug 25, 2014

    desertman macrumors 6502a

    Jul 14, 2008
    Arizona, USA
    Can I format one partition of an external USB hard drive for OS X (Mac OS Extended/Journaled) and another one for Windows, and will Windows 7 then recognize the Windows partition and let me make backups to it? Can Windows 7 deal with a hard drive with two such partitions, or will it have problems with the Mac partition?

    Also, is "Windows NT Filesystem (Tuxera NTFS)" the correct option to format the Windows partition, or should I take "MS-DOS (Fat)" instead?


    Greetings - desertman
  2. ssls6 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 7, 2013
    What you describe will work fine. NTFS is preferred since it is a windows backup and no need for the Mac to access it.

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