Partitioning External HDD

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  1. OS X Dude macrumors 6502a

    OS X Dude

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    Hi,

    If I want to back-up my Vista machines and Mac machines, I know I have to create an NTFS partition to go with my HFS one for the Mac.

    If I partition the external HDD in Disk Utility, I get the horrible feeling it will format ALL the external drive to do it..... is this true?


    Thanks.
     
  2. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    Yes, it will format all of the information on the external hard drive. Back up the external hard drive before you format and afterwards put your data back on.
     
  3. OS X Dude thread starter macrumors 6502a

    OS X Dude

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    Oh nuts :( I can't back it up (in any case, it's only holding 30.3GB of data from my MacBook after it's first back up so it'd only be a case of plugging it back in after partitioning).



    Thanks :)
     
  4. OS X Dude thread starter macrumors 6502a

    OS X Dude

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    ooo yeah just something I forgot to add...

    If I have a Windows and OS X partition on the external drive, will Vista only see the Windows partition when I plug it in, and will OS X only see the HFS partition when I plug it in?


    Thanks again.
     

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