External Hard Drive buying problems

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by mault89, Mar 23, 2008.

  1. mault89 macrumors newbie

    Mar 21, 2008
    In our house we have an iMac running leopard 10.5.2. also we have a pc running microsoft windows xp. We also have a wireless-G home network. i would like to buy a hard drive (preferably a networked-but dont want to spend more than $250-$300(the cheaper the better), but if i have to i wouldn't have a problem with a non networked external HD-if i can have the pc and mac hooked up at the same time. (would be using this for mostly music.)

    Every hard drive i have found only says it is compatible with xp and mac osX. But i know that some storage devices require you to reformat the hard drive in order to use on a different OS(and when you reformat them it erases all of the data).

    Any suggestions would be GREATLY appreciated!!!:D
  2. scienide09 macrumors 65816


    May 5, 2007
    Partition the hard drive so that part of it is OS X extended journaled (HFS+), which will be for the Mac side.
    The other partition will be NTFS, for the Windows side.

    If you want to be able to read/write from/to the drive from both OS X and from WinXP, make a partition with the FAT32 filesystem instead.
  3. weckart macrumors 601

    Nov 7, 2004
    There are other options. Install MacFuse and 3G-NTFS or Paragon NTFS for Mac and you can format the external drive as NTFS open to both OSX and XP. Alternatively install Macdrive on your XP partition and you can use a HFS+ formatted external HD on both.
  4. mault89 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 21, 2008
    How do i partition it with the FAT32 filesystem? does that just mean format it? how hard is this to do?

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