MacBook Pro 1TB External HD

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Frankie., Jan 11, 2010.

  1. Frankie. macrumors regular

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    I bought a WD 1TB external hard drive and in OS X it pulls up my external HD fine but when I switch over in Bootcamp to Windows 7 it doesn't see it. I realize that Mac & Windows hard drive formats are different. Is there a way to update/change/modify so I can see my HD in both Operating Systems?

    I had the idea to partition the hard drive in half, one side for Mac, one for Windows but that's kind of a pain in the ass when I need some stuff for both systems.

    Any ideas?
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    You can format it as NTFS and it will be seen by both systems if you use MacFuse or NTFS-3G on the Mac side.
     
  3. Frankie. thread starter macrumors regular

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    I will lose everything I have on it right now though, wouldn't I?
     
  4. neenja macrumors 6502

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    yup. =\
     
  5. sjinsjca macrumors 68000

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    How much stuff?

    You could use DropBox, works great and is cross-platform. I "bridge" several computers this way. Each machine always has a folder containing the latest copy of my work files regardless of which machine I was using at the time of last update, and my files are also securely available on the Dropbox website, where they're versioned so I can revert if I screw something up. That has saved me several times. A 2GB workspace is free, and bigger accounts are inexpensive.

    It really is a wonderful thing, and their customer service was amazingly responsive the one time I had a question. Full disclosure: I'll get some free extra space if you sign up for a free or paid account at this link: https://www.dropbox.com/referrals/NTQ3NzczNjk ...but I'd recommend it even if they didn't offer that referral bonus. It may be a great answer to what you want to do. It's a clever service built on Amazon EC2's cloud infrastructure and has been 100% reliable for me in over a year of use.
     

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