External HDD partitioning questions, rather specific

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  1. SteveMobs macrumors 6502

    SteveMobs

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    Hey and thanks for clicking in.

    I've tried searching and found a decent article:
    http://www.kenstone.net/fcp_homepage/partitioning_tiger.html

    But can't seem to figure this out.

    I just received a 500gb WD Mypassport and was wondering how I could go about partitioning it for Windows/Mac/Everything else.

    So, I've got bootcamp on my macbook and use it to run AutoCad in windows, I need to back up those drawings. How would I go about formatting my external HDD such that I can have 3 partitions;

    1. About 450gb for Time Machine backups in Mac OSX
    2. About 15gb for backing up my Windows stuff
    3. And maybe 35gb that can be accessed in any OS, like a huge USB stick type thing, so I can transfer movies from a Ubuntu machine to my mac or something like that.

    I understand they won't be exactly that due to formatting, etc. but ballpark figures.

    I've tried reading up on this stuff but am a bit confused by all the FAT32 stuff, whatever that means.

    Thanks for your help,
    -Steve
     
  2. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Check out the various file systems here: MR Guide: File Systems

    For your Time Machine - format as HFS+ (Mac OSX)

    For your Windows - you can use WinClone and clone your whole system
    That would be done to HFS+ as well
    If you want to keep it as pure Windows you have 2 options
    You can make it FAT32 (MS DOS (FAT))
    It will be read/write by Mac and Windows but it is limited to 4 GB transfers
    Or, you could install NTFS-3G and format as NTFS and read/write from Mac and Windows

    For your last partition... same as above
     
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  4. SteveMobs thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the links, I'll read through them and see if they're what I need.
     
  5. SteveMobs thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I want to get rid of the prepackaged WD software that's on the drive, but I still want to encrypt the drive.

    Any problems with time machine and encryption?

    Also, if I do format and then properly encrypt the drive, will it need to reformat again when I want to partition the drive into three pieces?

    Is this possible?
     
  6. SteveMobs thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Ok,

    So I've got everything sorted, didn't bother with the encryption though.

    But with three partitions, whenever I plug in the drive, three separate drives show up, how can I unify all 3 of them so that only 1 drive icon shows up?

    Thanks
     

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