Hard Drive help

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by ditzy, Mar 1, 2008.

  1. ditzy macrumors 68000

    ditzy

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    I'm about to buy a new Imac. (probably going to wait for next upgrade) I'll also have to install vista.
    So I'm going to have to buy a hard drive to back-up my data on my current pc so I can use it on the imac. My problem is that any hard drive I get to backup the pc would have to be formatted to NTFS. Which then OSX would not be able to read. (I think)
    Is there a way around this or will I have to buy two hard drives?
    Thanks for answering
     
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

    robbieduncan

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    OSX can read NTFS, but not write to it out of the box. This can be sorted with MacFUSE + NTFS3G...
     
  3. ditzy thread starter macrumors 68000

    ditzy

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    Would time capsule get me around this issue or would it still be the same?
    Again thanks for answering.
     
  4. TJones macrumors regular

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    You could get a single large external hard drive and create two partitions. One HFS+ for use with Time Machine and the other as FAT32 or NTFS for your Windows backups.
     
  5. ditzy thread starter macrumors 68000

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