External HDD backup

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  1. R1CH4RD 21 macrumors newbie

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    I have just brought an external HDD to back up all my documents etc. I need to back up documents from both mac and windows operating systems. I read that for macs it is best to format the drive in HSF Extended + Journaling format. Will this format work with windows also? What is the best format to use?

    Thanks for any help
    Richard
     
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    HFS+ can only be read and written to in Windows with the help of the software MacDrive.

    If you don't use Time Machine, you can format your external HDD with FAT32 (MS-DOS in Disk Utility), and so can read and write to with Mac OS X and Windows.
    But the biggest size allowed for one file is 4GB on an FAT32 formatted rive.

    There is also MacFuse and NTFS-3G to write to NTFS (Windows) formatted volumes in Mac OS X.
     
  3. R1CH4RD 21 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Is 4GB for individual files or complete folders? Also would I get any benefits from using time capsule? Can this be used alongside a windows OS?
     
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    4GB is for individual files.

    Time Capsule is an external HDD only meant for Mac OS' Time Machine, not for Windows.

    You could also get an external HDD and partition it with two file systems, one HFS+ for Time Machine, the other in FAT32 for using it with both OSs.
     
  5. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    4 GB for individual files.

    TC offers wireless backup.
     
  6. R1CH4RD 21 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    does the HDD need to be wifi for Time machine?
     
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    No.
     
  8. R1CH4RD 21 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    And can I partition it with a program that came with my mac or do i need to get another one?
     
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