External Hard Drive for Mac and Windows?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Wmhunt, May 6, 2014.

  1. Wmhunt macrumors newbie

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    Hi all,

    I'd like to have an external hard drive that will work on both Mac and Windows units, and I know that I can do that in the formatting of the drive. I'd also like to be able to make use of Time Machine. If I have a drive that is formatted in this way, can I still use Time Machine on the same drive, or will I need two separate drives?

    A followup question...can I run Time Machine on two different Macs on the same drive?

    What's my easiest solution to do everything I'd like to do? Thanks!
     
  2. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040

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    Time Machine requires Mac OS Extended (Journaled) format, so not readable on Windows.

    It's possible to do two partitions - one for TM, one for Mac/Windows sharing, but some people have reported problems with that.
     
  3. munakib macrumors 6502

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  4. Wmhunt thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ah okay. I won't be concerned if the TimeMachine stuff can't be read on my Windows machines. It's fine to keep that Mac only. Does that change anything?
     
  5. munakib macrumors 6502

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    Then you are good to go - start formatting!
     

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