External Hard Drive Not Visible in Boot Camp Vista

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  1. needthephone macrumors 6502a

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    I have a new imac (love it!) and have installed vista on a 32Gb partition using Boot Camp. I was planning on saving files I create in vista on the external Hard drive. But I can't see it when I'm in Vista so can not save files to it.

    It is a terrabyte disk and is used by Time machine.

    Is there anyway I can save to it or should I add another external HD just for windows,

    I can see it when I go to system hard ware (it says seagate HD etc but there is no info on files sizes etc-there is a button which says populate but I dare not press it as I'm scared it will screw up my back ups)

    Another irritation is that when I reboot back to mac it throws out the internet and I have to reset the modem and router so it works again.
     
  2. steveza macrumors 68000

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    Your external drive needs to be in either FAT32 or NTFS format for Windows to recognise it natively. Otherwise you need to get MacDrive to use an OS X formatted drive.
     
  3. needthephone thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks -Yes I'm stupid!

    If I got another External HD and plugged it in while in VISTA would I be able to see it?

    I just love my new IMAC so much. VISTA seems OK too but it keeps going on about security and how I am under protected so I want to spend as little time in the VISTA world as I can.
     
  4. needthephone thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks -Yes I'm stupid!

    If I got another External HD and plugged it in while in VISTA would I be able to see it?

    I just love my new IMAC so much. VISTA seems OK too but it keeps going on about security and how I am under protected so I want to spend as little time in the VISTA world as I can.
     

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