External HD questions with Boot Camp

Discussion in 'macOS' started by splendiferous, Dec 22, 2008.

  1. splendiferous macrumors newbie

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    I'm using a WD Passport HD as my Time Machine backup disk, and I was wondering if there was any way for me to use it for simple storage in Windows.
     
  2. Cerebrus' Maw macrumors 6502

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    Do you need both machines to be able to read and write to the drive?
     
  3. splendiferous thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes, I do, if at all possible.
     
  4. Cerebrus' Maw macrumors 6502

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    If you've formatted the entire drive to use Time Machine, then no, I dont think so.

    Off the top of my head, I believe TM formats a drive to HFS Journaled, which windows cant read, rather then the HFS Extended which it can.

    There is a program called MacDrive I Think works around this, but I cant gaurantee it.

    You could format the drive to FAT32, but then you lose your TM backups, and cant move files bigger then 4gb. ( Dont do this. Please. D= )


    You may be able to format the drive, and then partition it to two drives ,one for windows and one for mac, but these would be almost completley independant to each other.

    But get some hard evidence you can do this before you actually do it.
     

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