External HDD


macrumors newbie
Original poster
Apr 14, 2005
Apologies if this has already been covered.

I'm about to switch (once the iBooks are finally updated) and I'm looking to buy an external Hard Drive (USB2 & Fireware connections) as I'll want to back up my data on a regular basis.

I'll be wanting to back up information to the External HDD from my Mac and also my PC.

My question is can the external HDD have multiple partitions with different filesystems or will I be able to just format it with one filesystem and still be able to back up info from my Mac and PC?

And can anyone recommend a good make and model.


James Philp

macrumors 65816
Mar 5, 2005
Firewire 400 is about twice as fast as USB 2 for sustained data transfer - go with a firewire 400 or 800 one.
LaCie have some good models, they often have USB and Firewire connections.