External drive to back up a mac & a pc.

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  1. AndyK macrumors 6502a

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    I'm looking for a backup solution for my PC desktop & mackbook.

    I need around 500gb of storage. An archieve search yielded this thread but it didn't turn out to be overly usefull.

    Is there a way around the partition / formatting compatibility issues so I can use one drive for both machines?

    If possible I'd like to avoid backing up over my wireless network. My itunes of 10.5k songs takes so long :(
     
  2. Rhalliwell1 macrumors 6502a

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    If you use time machine then it will format the drive to HFS+ which isn't recognised by windows. However, if you install these drivers then windows will be able to read the HFS+ drive.
     
  3. neiltc13 macrumors 68040

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    The driver partitions need not be the same format. Partition it in two, make one of them FAT32 and one of them HFS+ and you will be able to use the FAT32 part on both OS X and Windows and the HFS+ part on OS X for Time Machine.
     
  4. Rhalliwell1 macrumors 6502a

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    Just bare in mind with this you wont be able to back up over 4GB from the PC if it is FAT32.
     
  5. Bakey macrumors 6502

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    Or format for NTFS and install this little beauty on your machine.
     
  6. AndyK thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Would it work to do one half HFS+ and the other NTFS?

    The formats don't need to be able to cross over really. It's literally a pure "oh crap my hard drive has died" back up. I wont be using the driver other than once a week to fully back up data.
     
  7. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

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    ...anyone actually use this yet?
     
  8. AndyK thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I really don't want to be paying -more- money if there is a solution I can use for free.

    Will formatting a 1tb drive in two 500gb chunks, one FAT one NTFS work?
     
  9. Bakey macrumors 6502

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    Me! And it works a treat... 15 Day trial (if I remember correctly!) available if you're unsure.
     
  10. windels macrumors regular

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    I installed macfuse and ntfs-3G , after installing both, ntfs is no problem for my mac. BOTH ARE FREE
    I do think you need to have both installed.
     
  11. AndyK thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    In the end I came to realise I would never have any individual files that ever got close to 4gb so I formatted it as FAT32 to avoid messing around with software for the quick hassle free solution!

    Thanks for all the ideas / comments however !

    If anyone is interested, I bought a Western Digital My Book Essential Edition & it is awesome.

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000W9RNOA
     

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