external HD and Time Machine/vista help

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by skasol, May 22, 2008.

  1. skasol macrumors 6502

    Sep 20, 2007
    Hi I bought a 320GB Harddrive external from western Digital, I plugged it to my MBP and I ran Time machine and it backed up my Drive about 20GB but then when I take the drive to my vista computer to save some files there and transfer them to the mac vista doesn't see the drive at all.

    what can I do so that I can use the drive with time machine and Vista?
    Or would I have to buy another drive to share files between?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. MM07 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 10, 2008
    I believe that you should of partitioned the drive in 2.

    With my WD 320gb external I did 275gb in NFTS and 25gb in FAT 32.

    I use the 25gb to back up files from Windows. I have still yet to figure out how to see it in Fusion though.

    So I have 2 partitions on my desktop from the WD. One Time Machine and one Other Backups.
  3. skasol thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 20, 2007
    thanks for your help, did you do the partitioning with your mac? or windows, I am not sure how to do it with the mac, so if I reformat the drive and then partition it I should be fine?

    can I use disk utility from mac to create a partition?
  4. MM07 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 10, 2008
    Yup, I did it all from the MacBook.

    Very easy to do, disk utility is your friend.

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