external HD partition help

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  1. skasol macrumors 6502

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    I want to be able to use my 500gb external harddrive for my mac and pc, I tried this before and I partition the harddrive and it would work on the mac and backup timemachine, but it wouldn't read the other partition on the pc when I connected it, what's the right way of making this work, I want to partition 300gb for timemachine and use the other 200gb for store use on the pc.

    Thank you all.
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Set the Mac partition to Mac OS X (Journaled) and Windows partition to MS-DOS (FAT32).
     
  3. skasol thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I did that, but it didn't work, do I just do that with disk utility? or do I do that with partition magic?
     
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    With Disk Utility. It should work. Or download HFSExplorer to your PC so it can read HFS+ and you can partition the drive
     
  5. skasol thread starter macrumors 6502

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    thanks for all your help, I will give that a try.
     

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